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I reach out to readers this morning not in a personal way. Hell, personal ways don’t exist any more.
instead, I write this on a Mac computer — two screens splashed in front of me to to make sure I have all the information I have as put thought to silocon diode that probably won’t make it to paper anyway.
The words — rather the 1’s and 0’s that make up the data — head by transmission line to a data center outside of Washington. Or they may go to the Midwest. Depends on traffic and how a black box made by CISCO decides to route the traffic at that specific microsecond.
The telephone company once had a slogan: “Reach out and touch someone.” It actually meant talking to anohter person. The other day, a customer service rep at Verizon told me that she is not allowed to call another Verizon employee on the phone. She has to use email.It’s more efficient, she’s told, and there’s always a record.
Think about. How much – or how little — human interaction do we have in our daily lives? I conduct interviews by emaii or on Tweeter. I buy gas at a service station where the gas pup takes my ATM card. In some towns, you can use a credit card to pay the parking fee at a meeter. At a Virginia rest stop, I can use a credit card to buy a 60 cent roll of candy.
Reach out and touch someone? Who? Where? When?
Because I live in the country, I buy many goods online. I see the UPS guy more than my neighbhor.
The technology doesn’t stop at home. My Droid is my phone, data center, instant email device, weather radar and GPS, Cars with “On Star” provide directions to restaurants gas stations and neighbors’ homes. They even know when you’ve beeen in an accident and call the cops and an ambulance,
Many students get their assignments on-line, file reports and papers there as well and communicate with professors via email and onlne texting,
Politicians issue statements on current events via Tweeter or Facebook. I received more than 100 text messages from candidates in the last election without signing up for a single one.
Tne end result is a world that communicates like never before but never says anything becasue theree is no human interaction, It’s all pre-screened, pre-approved and pre-viewed before sending. We communicate in sound bities without saying anything becasue we taken the spontaneity ot human interaction out of the nix.
I’m not sure what it is but one thing it is not is communication.