Paradoxically, the ephemerality — and sheer volume — of text on social media is re-creating the circumstances of a preliterate society: a world in which information is quickly forgotten and nothing can be easily looked up. (Like Irish monks copying out Aristotle, Google and Facebook will collect and sort the world’s know…
New York Magazine
This is your most stunning point. Our effective regression to preliteracy is dangerous. Thank you for your work.
Worse still, because our culture is far thinner than preliterate cultures of old. We’ve run out of social capital, having outsourced nearly everything to the financial realm. This makes economic collapses far more socially destructive than, say, in the late 1920’s.
We pay nannies to take care of our kids because both parents must now work. as a consequence, we don’t know our own neighbors. We don’t grow our own food, make our own clothing or furniture, and soon we wont even own anything. A world of lost connections, constant work, and a complete lack of coherence.
I feel a new piece coming on… Here’s my last one: