Humans Do Not Live by Bread Alone; We Must Also Network Socially

Carr makes some great observations.  While he relishes the experiences of being at a dinner party at a writer’s home where no one tweeted, texted, or played with digital devices as they engaged in real Face TIme, interpersonal conversation, he ultimately comes to a realization, which at once supports and problematizes the dynamic of the modern era.  The virtual to real and the real to virtual world coexist.  Carr notes the warm and fuzzy feelings engendered by the stimulating conversation, the simplicity of  bread, which connotes  halcyon notions of hearth and home, and being in the company of real people, not their on-line avatars.  However,  as he commits to artisan baking, he realizes that he needs to send the images and share his experiences about his low-tech baking activities via a variety of social media.  Carr’s hope is that these digital forums will provide ways to share future connections in personal space in real-time.  I see his analysis as an argument for the necessity of creating a balance between the new media and the human values of personal interaction.  In his formula, a free-mix of the conundrum (which came first/the chicken or the egg?), the bread came first, then the blog.

For Carr, life is to be experienced via the senses.  The technology shares those experiences at a secondary level.


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