New Word, Same Issue, New Perspective
By now I hope most of you have heard about President Obama making a “selfie” while at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. If you read this blog regularly, you know I have discussed the polite use of devices so a “selfie” at a funeral really got me going! I specifically commented about those who type away at funerals. (Did you know that the word “selfie” was added this year to Official English language dictionaries?).
Earlier this week, the MIT Professor Sherry Turkle wrote an Opinion Piece in the New York Times discussing the Obama selfie. “The Documented Life” by Sherry Turkle – THE NEW YORK TIMES, December 15, 2013 Once again we are reminded of the challenges we face with the omnipresent dependence of most on mobiles, tablets, and other electronic gadgets. I like the way Turkle positions our dependence as our need to “document” every part of our lives so as to substantiate our existence.
I have written about Turkle before and I recommend her book “Alone Together.” I believe the title is self explanatory.
Some of the kids I mentor have told me of felling isolated because they can’t afford devices. They struggle to have friendships with their classmates who are always head bent down as they text to others. How much credibility do I have with these kids as I suggest that they be sensitive to excessive Texting? The whole world is doing it including politicians at funerals. I suppose all I can do is continue to repeat my message and plant seeds.
I know I have been guilty of this rudeness and insensitivity from time to time. I am trying real hard to break my dependence. I know I am getting better.
What is so important anyway?
Son of a Postman
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