Signpostings

Relationships in a World of Individualism

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    The rWorld is about more than Dale Kuehne's book Sex and the iWorld.
    The rWorld is a New England based, non-profit (in formation), that is composed of a growing number of people and organizations from many faith and ideological backgrounds worldwide. We believe that much of the fulfillment for which women and men are looking can be found by enhancing the quality of our relationships. While the individual freedom we enjoy in the West is a gift, the love and intimacy for which humans yearn will not be found in self-serving materialism or hedonism, but in a variety of healthy relationships.

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  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

    I also blog at Sharewik.com

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Alone Together

Posted by Dale Kuehne on February 8, 2010

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle explains how our misuse of technology, particularly in education, is impacting our ability to relate to others.

http://http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/interviews/turkle.html?utm_campaign=videoplayer&utm_medium=fullplayer&utm_source=relatedlink

“Thus not only does democracy make every man forget his ancestors, but it hides his descendants and separates his contemporaries from him; it throws him back forever upon himself alone and threatens in the end to confine him entirely within the solitude of his own heart.² Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1840)

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3 Responses to “Alone Together”

  1. Lauren Fithian said

    Interesting article/interview. Once I figured out her rhetorical style I realized that it’s a pretty balanced presentation for and against computer and virtual world technology. The problem is that Prof. Turkle does not actually “explain” how misuse of technology “is impacting our ability to relate to others.” She makes generalizations and claims about what she believes to be negative effects. She also spends a lot of time trying not to sound like a curmudgeonly older person who rejects all things new and young, but I don’t think she is very successful in that effort. My impression is that, despite her claims of extensive observation and deep thought about the topic, her conclusions are driven more by her negative presumptions.

  2. Lauren Fithian said

    I should have added: In my opinion Professor Turkle ignores (or at least glosses over) one of the best and most beautiful uses/advantages of computer technology. Computers and similar technologies allow all of us to seek, build and maintain connections–REAL WORLD CONNECTIONS–to humans world wide. For the vast majority of us, and particularly for our children, this is literally the only means of connecting on a global basis. We can read the blogs, see the photos, and comment back and forth with people we otherwise would never have “met” on any level. I believe this facilitates global understanding, dialogue, and most importantly, the growth of global compassion and empathy.

  3. Lauren Fithian said

    “Each more sophisticated communications revolution brings together more diverse people in increasingly more expansive and dense social networks. By extending the central nervous system of each individual and the society as a whole, communications revolutions provide an ever more inclusive playing field for empathy to mature and consciousness to expand.” Jeremy Rifkin, The Empathic Civilization.

    This is, in fact, how I “feel” the impact of computer technology in my own life. It opens up, rather than cuts off.

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