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Humanist Archives: Nov. 23, 2018, 6:18 a.m. Humanist 32.215 - the psychoanalysis of everyday computing

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 215.
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        Date: 2018-11-22 17:38:28+00:00
        From: Mark Wolff 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.214: the psychoanalysis of everyday computing?

Brett Stephens recently published in the NYT an op-ed on “How Plato Foresaw 
Facebook’s Folly,” revisiting the critique in the Phaedrus of the dangers of 
writing as a technology for knowledge. This should be a constant concern for 
the digital humanities: how do the affordances of technology alter negatively 
or eliminate entirely ways of knowing?

> Tweeting and trolling are easy. Mastering the arts of conversation and 
> measured debate is hard. Texting is easy. Writing a proper letter is hard. 
> Looking stuff up on Google is easy. Knowing what to search for in the first 
> place is hard. Having a thousand friends on Facebook is easy. Maintaining six 
> or seven close adult friendships over the space of many years is hard. Swiping 
> right on Tinder is easy. Finding love — and staying in it — is hard.

Here’s the full essay: https://nyti.ms/2DrlFfV


Mark B. Wolff, Ph.D.
Professor of French
Chair, Modern Languages
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