"Come go go day
wishin' i' my heart it was Sunday
drinking buttermilk thru' the week
an' whiskey on a Sunday"
Thanks, Steve. That linked Atlantic story from the critique also makes some compelling points about how skewed Smith's perspective is because of who she is.
The second comment for that Atlantic post is sensational. Well, okay, it says what I wanted to say:
I like this essay a lot too, like Cynic, and I agree completely with his (her) praise.
I got a slightly different take from Smith's (and Lanier) though: Which is not that technology reduces our humanness. (She seems to like Skype, for instance.)
Rather, particular kinds of technology shape the kinds of interactions and connections that can be formed through them. It seems that Smith is perturbed by the kind of philosophy (Stoic, public, cheerful, commercial) which has informed Facebook's architecture.
On that score, I'd agree with her. There is a kind of presumption in the tradeoff that Facebook makes with its users. It's subtle, and for most people the tradeoff, so far, is well worth the rich social connections that it enables. But it may be that there are different, less compromising ways of enabling the same kinds of connections.
Duncan and Emma are wonderful, wonderful people, and I'm glad that their compassion and understanding has got attention for a change, rather than vengeance-screaming. Also, Duncan teaches at Unlimited, and has a pretty good grasp on what works with teenagers and what doesn't
Just saw the story that Emma Woods has been named person of the year by the NZ Herald.