Connected, but alone?

For my love of technology and how society has socially changed. I think this transcript and TED talk by Sherry Turkle is inspirational, true, and interesting on so many levels. I would love to share this with everyone.

Oh and how cute are these Iphone Cupcakes?!

My favorite part is the end:

Technology is making a bid to redefine human connection — how we care for each other,how we care for ourselves — but it’s also giving us the opportunity to affirm our values and our direction. I’m optimistic. We have everything we need to start. We have each other. And we have the greatest chance of success if we recognize our vulnerability. That we listenwhen technology says it will take something complicated and promises something simpler.

So in my work, I hear that life is hard, relationships are filled with risk. And then there’s technology — simpler, hopeful, optimistic, ever-young. It’s like calling in the cavalry. An ad campaign promises that online and with avatars, you can “Finally, love your friends love your body, love your life, online and with avatars.” We’re drawn to virtual romance, to computer games that seem like worlds, to the idea that robots, robots, will someday be our true companions. We spend an evening on the social network instead of going to the pub with friends.

But our fantasies of substitution have cost us. Now we all need to focus on the many, many ways technology can lead us back to our real lives, our own bodies, our own communities, our own politics, our own planet. They need us. Let’s talk about how we can use digital technology, the technology of our dreams, to make this life the life we can love.

xoxo

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2 responses

  1. Technology is expanding illusions, I think. And it’s shaping things out of control a bit. Have a look at one of my recents posts about this!

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