Reaction to Jonathan Safran Foer’s essay “How Not To Be Alone”

Almost mid-way through the Educational Technology course (the impetus for this blog, but not necessarily the reason for its continuation), I wrote a post about my idealized future classroom as I had imagined it before undertaking studies at Nazareth College. The technologies and the attendant uses of and ideas related to technology as a learning tool that we explored in the Ed Tech course were a sea-change for me and I consequently reimagined my ideal future classroom.

For my current coursework, we were asked to read Jonathan Safran Foer’s How Not To Be Alone and I was – and still am – moved by the author’s words (both reflected in the ideas behind the words and his prose). I’ll not vitiate either Foer’s ideas or words with my own, but merely direct you to the article. Read it. The read it again, slowly. It’s about balance, about our shared humanity and remaining human, and about the place of emotions and connection in our digitally technological world; and it’s an important read.

The Mold That We Settle In: A Pre-localised Light-wave Borrowing One's Personal Aether (The Lamb-white'ss', entering ititself through eye-lid Portals)



2 thoughts on “Reaction to Jonathan Safran Foer’s essay “How Not To Be Alone”

  1. I’ve thought a lot about this as well and continually return to the same place… that we all make choices. Every day. But, the choices that we have to choose from are largely based upon our understanding of ourselves and our world. When we don’t examine the impact of our culture and its tools on our behavior, we run on autopilot. We flow with the current. It may be at this point that we don’t even realize that there are choices to be made.

    It’s for this reason that such conversations are critical to our human development. As adults and as children, we need to be thinking about these things, examining ourselves, our behaviors, and our culture. These kinds of conversations need to happen around the dinner table, in the bedroom, in the classroom, while camping,…

    What I fear the most here is that this isn’t happening. And THAT’S the biggest tragedy here. Mindfulness. I always seem to return to this cartoon that illustrates the ideas of Neil Postman juxtaposed with those of Huxley and Orwell … that truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance, a captive culture, a trivial culture, our infinite appetite for distractions…

    We have a choice, but this choice must be an informed one. So, who is doing the informing these days? Who, if not you, will help students think about these things?

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