Most of all, we need to remember — in between texts and e-mails and Facebook posts — to listen to one another, even to the boring bits, because it is often in unedited moments, moments in which we hesitate and stutter and go silent, that we reveal ourselves to one another.
The Flight from Conversation, an essay by Sherry Turkle (and don’t miss the irate comment thread of readers dividing themselves into evangelists v. Luddites). The fallacy is that live conversation and digital connections will always be mutually exclusive. Her points are well-taken and beautifully articulated, but we’re at one end of the pendulum swing as society adapts to the new technology.
Last modified: September 16, 2012