Following complex story lines stretches our brains beyond the 140 characters of sound-bite thinking, and staying within the world of a novel gives us the ability to be quiet and alone, two skills that are disappearing faster than the polar icecaps. (Ann Patchett)
At home, families sit together, texting and reading e-mail. At work executives text during board meetings. We text (and shop and go on Facebook) during classes and when we’re on dates…We’ve become accustomed to a new way of being “alone together.” Technology-enabled, we are able to be with one another, and also elsewhere, connected to wherever we want to be. We want to customize our lives. We want to move in and out of where we are because the thing we value most is control over where we focus our attention. We have gotten used to the idea of being in a tribe of one, loyal to our own party. (New York Times)
How is technology affecting the way that we communicate?
Are we become more dependent on technology that we lose the ability to enjoy a good book or the company others? Are we become I want, need, and now type of people?
Are we becoming a nation of whimps?
What’s more, cell phones—along with the instant availability of cash and almost any consumer good your heart desires—promote fragility by weakening self-regulation. “You get used to things happening right away,” says Carducci. You not only want the pizza now, you generalize that expectation to other domains, like friendship and intimate relationships. You become frustrated and impatient easily. You become unwilling to work out problems. And so relationships fail—perhaps the single most powerful experience leading to depression. (A Nation of Whimps, By Hara Estroff Marano, published on November 01, 2004 – last reviewed on October 31, 2011)
Is dystopian literature painting a story of what the future is like? Are these stories correct, in a way?
Lately, I have been thinking about Brave New World, somebody did their presentation over it for our final research papers. The question that I was thinking about last night was how does the character of John play out in reality of the novel. The student was arguing that society now is becoming similar to that of Brave New World. The student never mentioned John. Is John an exception to the rule because he is seen as being able to look past society norms and ends up hating it. He does give in to society norms at the end of the novel.
“O brave new world,” he repeated. “O brave new world that has such people in it. Let’s start at once.” (Chapter 8, Brave New World)