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  • grisha
    July 28, 2012 - 13:23

    This may be the best article or yours I have read. I notice similar tendencies in my own profession. I am a lawyer. In the past clients and other lawyers understood that certain tasks took time to think through and formulate appropriate and accurate solutions. Today, most folks' work requires little thought at all. Each solution, procedure or answer is derived in the same manner, by locating it on a computer. No matter what the individual characteristics of the matter the answer or solution is derived in the same manner, punching buttons on a keyboard. Often after protracted negotiations where there are a lot of give and take and complicated points debated I am asked, "Can you have the contract out by this afternoon?" I am usually able to supress the anger if feel and tell them it will be later. I do not say, "Just because your job does not require thought and application does not mean my does not." But, that would just fall on deaf ears as these people, particularly the younger ones, do not grasp any of this. Now I am not saying I dislike spell check and the ease of composing a document on the computer. I like having so much information on the internet so assessable. I like all that very much. I simply miss the times when tasks took thought and reasoning and, yes, a little time. Also, your dad was exactly right. Our family is tied to a small family farm and it does own us.

  • Steamer
    July 28, 2012 - 12:19

    Russell, This is one of the best articles you've ever written. I don't have Facebook, but that is as rare as hen's teeth amongst people under 25. It is probably one of the most socially isolating decisions I have ever made. Somehow, though, I think I am better off without it. All the same, I have wasted my Saturday by browsing around internet forums - discussing my hobbies and other bits of minutiae. I haven't even had lunch yet. Is this the social interaction of the future? I would leave all of this technology behind, like the Luddites and rick-burners of old, but is there enough left from the old world for us to turn to? 99% of us are caught up in this trap of an "endless growth" economy that will only cease if we favour sustainability over affluence. What are the odds of that? The more likely scenario is collective disaster as crisis after crisis crashes our planet. All I can feel in my heart of hearts, though, is that I have to wake up from this technological stupor soon - the clock is ticking, after all... If the clock strikes tomorrow, what will I have to show for it?

  • Winston Adams
    July 28, 2012 - 10:26

    The medium is the message. An important insight. Read your article twice. I was familar with the concept. Made me think of the scripture "I am the way, the Truth and the Life". I take it Jesus was saying that He was the Medium. God's message was through Jesus who was the Medium- His life and teachings. He wrote not a word. Never sent an email. But a couple of years ago I googled the word Jesus. Showed it to be more popular than Elvis any other person living or dead. Like the cable that came to Heart's Content , the cable changed the world at that time. So too, by his insights and self sacrifice Jesus changed the world in many ways. I have noticed this technology of emails, and instant communication has the attention span of a few hours. An article like yours here may get a few comments like this in the first day, and additional comments quickly die off. Seems to be of little importance. Perhaps because serious comment requires focus, and in the age of instant communication, there is little time for focus, it's often shoot from the hip. So, as you say, 85 percent of the emails sent to you are a waste of time -and you say concentration. Such communication generally requires little concentration, and that's a lot of the problem.