As I begin to work more diligently on my next book, I have been focusing a lot on convergence culture and the value technology has for society, for the study of history, and for its dissemination to the laypublic. But one thing I have been struggling with, from a personal perspective, is the usefulness of technology on a social community. Technology has the ability to limit and isolate, which is seen with the decline of phone calls–a social function–and the rise of texting (something decidedly less social). But it also has the ability to unite, and we see examples of this all over. My question is, can its value to unify be overshadowed by its divisive quality? I’m particularly interested in what Bob Cargill and James McGrath have to say.
Posted on March 10, 2011 by Tom Verenna