The Internet Is Good for Your Brain. But Is That Enough?
When cultural commentators remark on the dangers of technology, they are not all Luddites by trade.
While taking the metro to work this morning, I sent about six emails during my 30-minute commute. Many of the people around me were doing the same. It's our new normal, and whether strangers once spoke to each other cordially, being social now means attending to our mobile devices. So while grappling with ever-evolving technology stimulates our brain like a thick piece of chocolate cake, to what degree we benefit as a society remains an open question.
As Fast Company mocks the late John Philips Sousa for fearing the rise of the phonograph, can there be any doubt that the musicality of popular songs have steadily decreased as the medium has become more democratic? When cultural commentators remark on the dangers of technology, they are not all Luddites by trade. But when the investment society has made in certain traditions is threatened, they are right to express concern. Our communities are more than a sum of working brains.
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- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
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- Sometimes these fallacies are deliberate tricks, and sometimes just bad reasoning.
- Avoiding these traps makes disgreeing so much better.
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- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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