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What Old School Perspective Can Teach

What Old School Perspective Can Teach the Age of the Smartphone

Here is the theory: the people closest to us are actually growing more distant and the events farthest from our homes feel much too near. Two illustrations:

A recent phone conversation with my daughter.

“I heard from your uncle that you and your cousin had a lengthy conversation.”

“Yes. We texted for a while about her summer at camp.”

“I thought your uncle said you spoke.”

“Abba, for my generation texting is talking.”

You could almost hear as well, “You’re so old!”

I manage to text, inbox and even tweet. Still I wonder how these technological advances might hurt our relationships with each other and our world....