Last night I attended a lecture by Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. She was talking about her new book, Alone Togther: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (New York: Basic Books, 2010). I also heard her speak of this on Being with Krista Tippett in a show called “Alive Enough? Reflecting on Our Technology.”
Expect here soon a longer reflection on that lecture, and how yoga may provide a different stance. For now, consider that some of how she started was already anticipated in a song by Greg Brown, “‘Cept You and Me, Babe” on his album Covenant (2006, Red House Records, RHR148).
half the people you see these days are talking on cell phones
driving off the road & bumping into doors
people used to spend quite a bit of time alone
i guess nobody’s lonely anymore
‘cept you & me babe ‘cept you & me
it’s raining sheets of rain everything is cold and wet
nobody’s going out of doors
they’re all at home living it up on the internet
so i guess nobody’s lonely any more
‘cept you and me babe ‘cept you and me
UPDATE: I just had to add the Spotify link.