Aug 14th, 2011 by iq2
We live in a time when the Internet and a forever flowering industry of gadgets and machinery has allowed humans to interact and share ideas with untold speed, reach and intimacy. Technological innovation is not only the bedfellow of the economic growth which we need, but also offers our best shot at tackling today’s biggest challenges: climate change; poverty; despotism.
At least, this is what the tech-topians and cyber-lovers would have you believe. But whilst they’ve been queuing to get their hands on the latest iPad, another breed – of slow cooking, off-grid, deep-thinking back-to-basics types – have been pushing their vision of how the world should work.
They feel that people today are too busy staring at the computer screen to see what’s going on around them, that children are ignoring the real world in favour of computer games, that family and work life is being blurred by BlackBerrys, that our ability to focus has been corroded by endless tweets and ‘Urgent’ emails.
So, do we live in a world which is dangerously addicted to being ‘switched on’? Are Twitter and Facebook a threat to our privacy? Should the unbridled advancement of all things robotic, electronic and web-based be reigned in before it tears at the very foundations of civilisation?