I am 21 years old and I have been using the internet since I was around 10 years old. I truly feel the internet and television is effecting our societies brains. Sometimes I wish I could live in the 1800s before all of this technology. I want to feel like a REAL human.. all of these screens (iphone, computer, tv) is really beginning to piss me off.
I love the Paleo community.. people I have something in common with. I wish I had some paleo friends my age that cared about being a TRUE human. Let me know what you think!
I am a real human. The super power our species has is its ability to adapt to new environments and deal with rich informational landscapes. That my landscapes are made up of bits rather then bison doesn't make me feel one bit less human.
Granted I have only been online since I was 15 and that was back in the days of BBSes and usenet, but I feel like the internet is very much a part of my world and I don't see that as a problem.
I would point out that much the same argument was used against literacy, every move that liberalizes information access is set up as compromising our animal selves, but to me we are an animal that hunts information as much as we are an animal who hunts food.
Have you read any of these writers Daniel Quinn,Chellis Glendinning, John Zerzan, Derrick jensen, William H. Kotke, Ted Kaczynski, Fredy Perlman, Ward churchill, Lierre Keith
stuff to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2em1x2j9-o
subjects to search:
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Kudos to you for being so young and so aware of some of the things in this society that I truly do feel are taking us away from our "human-ness". Do you live without these things? Do you choose to not have a cellphone? Cable tv? Internet? Computer? I'm not asking this in a judgey way which after I read it kinda sounded like I am...I'm asking because i'm curious. We, do not. I would if I could but i'm not the soul decision maker in my family regarding these things so I plunk along like everyone else here and just go through life "connected"..and not the way you're hinting at. I hope you find these things...I hope the older I get, the older my children get that we can allow ourselves some time out from electronics. I love the information I can and do get from internet and various other sources, but I do miss the days of going to the library, looking things up old school way, TALKING to people and not having texting and email so handy...I still am a supporter of snail mail and send things out on a daily basis via USPS...but i'd like to go back too, to the days of less. Thanks for putting out this thought-provoking (to me anyways) question. You are wiser beyond your years :)
I partly agree with your views about Television and internet, but you would not be able to be part of this great community without the internet. Technology has provided tools to humanity throughout history, it is for us to use them right. A knife can be a great tool in the kitchen but a dangerous tool in the wrong hands..
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