20pluscommunitydigestion

There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

addicted to speed?

blackberry.jpgso, are all your technological helps as problematic as this article suggests?  Be honest.  I post this only because I am all too aware of how the gadgets in my life have a striking capacity to get and keep my attention.  Still, gadgets aren’t addicting; people are addictive–to adapt a sentiment.

weigh in.

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  Anne Wilkerson wrote @

I won’t deny technology is useful and wonderful. As a naturally inquisitive person, the internet allows me to find information on almost anything. Before Mr. Gore invented the net, I looked through the encyclopedia for what I wanted to know on a regular basis.

Technology gets us in trouble because it has become a substitute in many areas of life from personal community to recreation. Instead of getting to know our real neighbors we create myspace pages. Instead of playing in the sandlot or the community basketball court we play video games.

I know 2 people in my apartment complex (and they go to my law school). You’d think living this close to people, a community would form. Wrong. The more technology frees us to be independent, the less we need those around us. As a result, there is no one to bring me chicken soup when I’m sick.

I could go on….but I should really be studying. Maybe a new form of outreach the class should engage in, is getting to know our neighbors.

As hard as the pioneer days were, I think we could all benefit from a proverbial “barn-raising.”

  pclafferty wrote @

Anne, you find the raw materials, we’ll organize the barn-raising….the question is: would anyone come if we scheduled it?


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