Since I didn’t know what iGen was, the subtitle is what attracted me: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood (and What That Means for the Rest of Us). I put the book on hold at the library awhile ago, and for the… Read More iGen: Reaping what we sow
This book is disturbing. All of us know that our privacy has eroded in the internet era. All of us know that self-driving cars are the wave of the future. All of us at one time or another have been entangled in a phone conversation with an automated answering system that serves as sentry to… Read More World Without Mind
Higher education is touted as an essential feather in one’s cap if a white collar income is your goal. It is seldom touted as anything else, in fact; almost no mention is ever made of its shaping effect on mind or character, or of the importance of a citizenry knowledgeable of history and literature and… Read More Educational Evolution
I’ve found myself returning to posts on my “Reviews” page to refresh my memory of certain books, and I realize once again that this blog has, in a sense, spoiled me. If I think, “I’ll just keep a reading journal with pen and paper,” it doesn’t happen. This is where my reading is centralized. It’s… Read More Recent Reads
Though I’m neither an especially tech savvy person nor an Apple devotee, lately I’ve been hearing about Steve Jobs everywhere. He seems to be the one people like to quote, especially his comments about designing not the products people want, but the ones people would want if they knew they existed. When my husband watched… Read More Steve Jobs
This story about the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was on NPR while I was making supper last night. I laughed a cynical laugh. The story is a giddy pep rally for using “biometric data” — retinal scans, fingerprints, face recognition — to increase tech security by making passwords obsolete. (The Borg, anyone?) It… Read More Convenience? Convince me.
If we have such an effective attentional filter, why can’t we filter out distractions better than we can? Why is information overload such a serious problem now? For one thing, we’re doing more than ever before. The promise of a computerized society, we were told, was that it would relegate to machines all of the… Read More More work…?
A few years ago, I read Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together, which studied the effects of social media on our relationships. Though I really liked the book, I couldn’t relate as well to the earlier portions that focused on the development of robots. “What does this have to do with me?” I wondered. I feel differently… Read More The Glass Cage
We were working on our salad when he seemed to change the subject and asked, as we all sometimes do, about the role of moral authority in restraining a person from doing wrong. That is, how much do people rely on the physical proximity of others to influence their ethical behavior? We agreed that if… Read More Anonymusing