Digital Personality

Hey Darren! Did you leave anything out in your last rap about networks versus the richness and complexity of real community interaction?

I’m glad you asked, because one thing I failed to mention in my last post is that FaceBook, blogs, and other forums that operate in the guise of community interaction are unable to, as John Taylor Gatto puts it, “nourish their members emotionally”.

While networks are generally extremely rational, illusion unfolds from ignorance of the fact that, as Gatto goes on to say: At our best we human beings are much, much grander than merely rational; at our best we transcend rationality while incorporating its procedures into our lower levels of functioning.

To be sure, networks can be super efficient and convenient at specific and sometimes necessary tasks. However, I’m more concerned about the absurdity of displacing interpersonal, community, and educational relationships with networks that perpetuate an illusion. Continue reading