Read This Article (no, not this one)+comment
If you haven’t had a chance to read Jonathan Franzen’s article in the New York Times entitled “Liking Is for Cowards. Go for What Hurts” I would like to suggest you do so. Now. (click here for the link)
The article begins as an examination of the personal relationship we have with technology and how that ‘relationship’ can affect our real relationships.
“…the ultimate goal of technology, the telos of techne, is to replace a natural world that’s indifferent to our wishes — a world of hurricanes and hardships and breakable hearts, a world of resistance — with a world so responsive to our wishes as to be, effectively, a mere extension of the self.
Let me suggest, finally, that the world of techno-consumerism is therefore troubled by real love, and that it has no choice but to trouble love in turn.”
Because it is written by Jonathan Franzen, this is no typical anti-technology screed. By the end of his article, Franzen has given us a beautiful call to action to leave the shallows of ‘liking’ and summon the guts to plunge into the dangerous depth of love.
(but you can go ahead and ‘like’ this article. I won’t tell)