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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Growing Up Online

Posted by dalekuehne on February 15, 2010

PBS’s look at growing up in the internet age

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/kidsonline/view/

Can you see the real me?” Pete Townshend

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3 Responses to “Growing Up Online”

  1. I have five boys, four grown. The last one, my nephew who will be with us until he finishes highschool, can easily spend hours online. He is more thoroughly networked than even the older four.

    Of course, so am I. I don’t see the switch to online as a problem. Everything has pluses and minuses, and there will be unintended consequences of life online, some negative. But just because they don’t do things The Way We Did When We Were Young doesn’t mean it’s wrong. I grew up in a country full of adults complaining about how much time we spent watching TV.

    Remember that even heavy readers – and we are up at the insane end of the bell curve on reading – read lots of junk along with the good stuff. Social children who like being with other kids live nonetheless spend a lot of their time talking about nothing or unbearably stupid subjects. This online world is all mostly good changes. Steven Johnson’s Everything Bad Is Good For You is awash with surprising statistics of measurable improvements.

  2. Lauren Fithian said

    Assistant Village Idiot: If you haven’t already done so, check out Dale’s previous post titled “Alone Together.” It’s a bit long for those of us (me) who are over-used to shorter-form cyber-writing, but interesting! (I am a member of the earlier TV generation too. I rushed home from school to watch Gilligan’s Island.)

    I also have five children–all more computer savvy than I can ever hope to be! My 16-year-old daughter just completed her history day project in which she discusses the profound social impact of the rise of the punk rock anti-establishment subculture in the late 70s and the 80s. She features The Ramones, The Cure and Bauhaus. She created a video presentation which she narrates. My daughter spent countless hours researching, writing and producing this project: all on computer! She is away this evening to “present” the project and discuss it in person. Put one point in the “computerworld good” column.

  3. Great story, Lauren. Our fifth boy, a nephew who was abandoned by his parents and came to us a year ago, is (frighteningly) knowledgeable about popular culture, especially music, 1965-present. I am sending him the bit about your daughter’s project, which might inspire.

    And yeah, Gilligan’s Island. I watched it 3 times a night for two years in highschool – and two of them were the same episode. This is part of why I am suspicious of any “Kids Today!!!” complaints. My two American sons are consistently nicer and more disciplined than I am, my two Romanians have just about caught up to me in their 9 years here. The nephew – we’ll see.

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