Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Technology is Just the Tool

"The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate."
— Joseph Priestley: Was an 18th-century theologian and educator

Isn't it interesting that this was written in the 18th century? It's like the idea that instead of technology making our lives easier, it has done just the opposite. Technology is just the tool. You can use any tool relentlessly and still wear yourself out. You can use any tool in an ineffective way.

One of my favorite lines from a movie is when Pappy O'Daniel says in "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" as he and his entourage are walking into the little radio station, "We ain't one-at-a-timin' here. We're MASS communicating!"

Sure, technology has changed the means of communication. What it has not changed is how we really connect with someone.

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