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Well God had make some of us Gatekeeper so that we can get it right, I see no reason why we should not enjoy what God have given us,we just have to learn on a higher plane to make it better.
i disagree. a more human experience can not be achieved with digital technology?

cell phone enhance the human experience by connecting everyone together an a scale not dreamed of.

Nothing new? everyone in the world is connected to each other by a few brief numerical sequences.
Modern Day Serf July 20, 2010 at 5:07 PM
Not only does technology mean we have fewer "genius" moments, but it means that we take what we see at face-value more often, creating experts of amateurs.
Daniel Halevi Bloom July 20, 2010 at 7:45 AM
Daniel to Daniel, re: "Hamlet’s BlackBerry is the offspring of a stellar 2007 academic paper that tackled the more specific topic of the Internet’s challenge to newspapers and magazines." TRUE: that 75 essay was powerful and stellar, yes. But you say that in your POV however the book version was pedestrian. I disagree. True, the book was not a book-length version of the essay. In fact, it took off in a whole new direction and will have its own appeal, especially to younger readers in their teens and 20s. Watch when colleges re-open in the fall. This book will resonate.
Loved your review here on Hamlet book by Powers. I just read it last week here in Taiwan, very well done and important book too. If the main take away is to take some time off from the 24/7/365 Internet life we’ve all adopted, the book is worth it’s weight in gold! If time, see my 2 minute video oped on unplugging and demons of reading on screens for the NYTimes here: and your reax pro or con? email if wish. danbloom at gmail, Tufts 1971 lifelong learner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xpN78-cJP0
J. NormanSayles July 17, 2010 at 2:06 PM
The internet distributes news and opinions not acceptable to mainstream news media. Friends and family have wide spread sources that supply humor, visual entertainment and political ammunition to pass along to my friends and their families. There are only two publications to which I would subscribe, if I could spare the time to read them. I am as entranced by the local news of distant places as by my own town's. I tend to read every article in the Economist, which is ridiculous. And the Wall Steet Journal is equally engaging, even though I am not an investor. The internet is my intellectual lifeline, my bonder with live humans, and provides the un-expcted Cracked Jack prize on occasion. What's not to like? AND, I get to opinionize on City Journal !!!!
True, the endless observations that time with the computer is time not with family, friends, or even doing necessary chores.

Whatever did we do without blogs, facebook, ebay, The Drudge Report? Why, we read the paper, and perhaps watched a half hour of news at dinnertime.

Each of us now has the opportunity to go in depth on current events that interest him. The editor at ABCNBCCBS doesn't get to decide what's important to us anymore, and the national conversation has broadened a bit, I perceive.

Did we ever get a chance to see the foibles of our liberal presidents or senators or their family members? Nope, the gatekeepers made sure we always saw the worst of conservatives, whom they despised--and the best of their liberal heroes.

It's nice to see that monopoly has been broken. Of course they don't like it. They're trying to get control of the internet as we write this, but the genie is out of the bottle.

Nor do I think the limited amount of time and brains each person has means a broader national conversation means it also has to be shallower. It means each person gets to decide for which stories they'll be content with reading the headline, and which ones to click and go in depth on. No television producers or editors making that choice for us.

This is why the powers that be right now are grabbing as much power and authority as they can, as fast as they can.

They know we know what they're up to, and we don't like it. They know we'll punish them this November. So they had exactly a two-year free shopping spree before we can yank their credit card.

Twenty years ago when CNN ruled the roost and nobody had the internet outside university faculty and grad students, they would have been free to do this stuff more incrementally, but not now, when everything they do and say is on YouTube within minutes.

Do I lament the time I lose to the computer that in years past I'd have spent developing human relationships?

Yes I do. You could make the case that the triumph of the Left in recent years has much to do with the digitally-induced atrophy of brotherly love, and the increase in depravity that has accompanied (or caused?) it.

But we are in the digital age now. It is for us to moderate our lives, plan our time, prioritize our desires and needs, and use the digital tools we now have to enhance those priorities.
All well and good,but many of us have spent many decades and much money with the published press and have awakened at last to the awareness that we are now manipulated by them. One could cite many fine publications that we once trusted to bring us news and information; if the printed press is dying it is because they have become untrustworthy and only provide comfort for the masses; the internet at least offers choice and indeed, if one wishes to seek it out, quality and well researched articles. It is the last bastion for press freedom, It must continue.
Charlie Griffith July 16, 2010 at 9:06 PM
Back in the 1980's when the company that I worked for was getting very heavily involved with computers, I told some co-workers who were avidly and shamelessly genuflecting towards 'Th' Computer' that their machines were OK only as long as we controlled the computer, and not the other way around.

Alas, look what's happened...everything now revolves around 'Th' Computer', and we are the servants of a babble-rabble obsessed with the latest and smallest and the thinnest and with the most "apps".