know as I begin to write this piece that I run the risk of sounding
like ďthe Uni-bomber,Ē but olí Ted may have had some valid
points--yet by no means do I endorse his way of getting them across.
Iím as big a user of todayís modern technological
miracles as the next person. Iíve owned close to every electronic
gadget on the market. I wouldnít be without my email, the Internet
has brought long distance friends to the fore, and there isnít a
day that goes by that I donít touch a computer.
In fact, the computer has become a very close friend--and
thatís precisely the problem: we may be too close.
In this fantastic modern world of super-connectivity, are we losing
something in the process? Has
an email replaced a phone call?
Is voice mail sometimes the only way youíre able to hear
the sweet voice of a friend? Do you spend more time chatting to a stranger in a
text room than conversing face to face with your neighbor?
Has getting connected replaced getting contacted?
I donít know
about you, but Iím torn in a mind/body struggle of sensing a
future filled with virtual friends and the deep longing for those
wonderful simpler days when neighbors came over to borrow that cup
of sugar. Now, instead of ďbothering a neighborĒ we can just click
and charge a 5-lb bag and have it delivered straight to our door
with little or no human interaction. Oh, thatís right--today with
downsizing, itís four pounds!