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Against the Grain - April 10, 2013 at 12:00pm

Against the Grain, for April 10, 2013 - 12:00pm

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Against the Grain

In his book “Present Shock,” media theorist Douglas Rushkoff argues that the digital age has created a situation in which we must keep track of everything at once, resulting in the loss of the future and of ourselves.

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I remember watching and

I remember watching and listening to a Russian monk on public television when it was not corporate. He emphasized that to live a better life is to forget about the ticking of the clock. To develop a sense of timelessness. And when you do things you do it at a human pace. In present shock we are so frenetic in the timelessness that we are ruining our health and society by less and less making face to face, shoulder to shoulder contact. Guy Debord of the Situationists in his "Society of the Spectacle" writes that the visual has replaced "touch" as the primary form of human contact(for the worse).

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