Technology: Connected, but alone? – Sherry Turkle TED video

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

       As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.

Sherry Turkle studies how technology is shaping our modern relationships: with others, with ourselves, with it. Full bio »

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  • Clyde Duncan  On September 17, 2013 at 5:55 am

    What is interesting about this TED Talk, to me, is that, just today, I was watching the news about the tragedy in the Naval Yard in Washington D.C. The alleged gunman, was addicted to violent video games, the media reported. Games where you are asked to shoot people, as opposed to targets, like buildings and oil drums to score points; and his friends would tell him that it is time to grow up and get a life – but, he would reply ‘This is my life!’ This TED Talk reinforces my belief, that technology is changing who we are. The other interesting point in the news that was reinforced by this talk, was that between 1949 and 1999, there were 6-incidents of a gunman killing 12-or more people in a single incident of wanton shooting and killing of people. 6-incidents in 50-years!! The next 6-incidents of wanton shooting and killing of 12-or more people in the USA took 6-years. That is between 2007 and 2013, there were 6-incidents of wanton shooting and killing of 12-or more people in a single incident.
    1949-1966-1982-1984-1991-1999 = 50-years
    2007-2009 [3-incidents]-2012-2013 = 6-years
    [there was another incident in 2009 that don't count - 10-people killed]

    So while the discussion surrounds access to guns; perhaps, we need to take a serious look at the influence of technology.

    Do your own research: Worst USA Mass Shootings since 1949!

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/20/us/worst-u-s-shootings-timeline/index.html

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