Thursday, April 30, 2009
Daily Drag and Daily Delight?????
Facebook! I'm thinking that all this 'communication', i.e., Facebook, Twitter, My Space is really not. It's all so fascinating and I'm just as guilty, but over the weekend, our entire family gathered, for my mother's 80th birthday, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All the cousins were there (sans Max who is in Thailand). But I know that most are on Facebook and they are constantly texting one another. But sitting next to one another, at a dinner table, there barely spoke two words to each other. I'm just wondering if all this 'virtual' communication is somehow stunting their ability to interface with one another? Don't know. It might be an interesting socialogical study. Went to a meeting yesterday with other cultural educators of Miami. One of the invitees was a dean, at the University of Miami, who must be in her late 60's. She was saying that for all our attempts to bring folks into cultural institutions, vis-a-vie electronics, it may not, in fact be working. That 'kids' who are inculcated into the world of technology can "just go online to see a museum or hear a concert". What are we losing in the process of gaining more technological advancements?