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“Living a more human existence”

Another book out there pleading with us to not miss life even though we maintain a constant connection with others on the web. Daniel Flynn reviews Unplugged, a book by William Powers at the City Journal. My favorite paragraph,

“Powers charges that the tools capable of making us more productive often wind up distracting us. Similarly, the more “connected” we are through gadgets, the more disconnected we are from friends, family, and other human beings. “The rushed, careless quality of screen communication is of a piece with the discounting of physical togetherness,” Powers writes. “When everyone is endlessly available, all forms of human contact begin to seem less special and significant.” Think of the curt nature of e-mail; the stupidity of tweets; the use of text messaging to avoid dealing with other human beings; the lack of civility in anonymous blog postings.”

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