What Technology Makes Us Forget about Life

Technology may teach the pleasures of controlled exchanges—admit it, texting is often so much easier than real-time talking. But here is what we know about life: We lose out as individuals and as citizens in a democracy when we don’t take the time to talk to each other and when we don’t learn how to listen to each other, especially when it comes to talking and listening to others who aren’t like us. Sherry Turkle, author of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, says it’s time to recast our thinking about what things can be when they are not easy. The opposite of easy is not just hard. The opposite of easy can also be complex, involved, and demanding. It’s time we think collectively about the importance of real time, the importance of living an unedited life, and the importance of real-time talk.

Festival: Aspen Ideas 2017

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