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“…the most terrible poverty”

I recently came across a quote by Mother Theresa.  She said, “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted.  It is the most terrible poverty.” In our first book discussion this past Wednesday night, I wondered aloud if, in the midst of all this technological connectedness, are we lonely?

As our brains are wired to be socially connected with other humans, that wiring is looking for facial expressions, tonal changes, body language.  Interpretation of these messages is learned over time.  At the book discussion, we spent some time talking about how much of this physical interaction is lost in the daily life of children and young adults.  One participant pointed out that our emotions seemed to be limited by the emoticons available.

We also had a chance to talk about the importance of solitude and how it was viewed.   Depending on whether one is an extrovert or introvert it was valued differently, but the role it plays in allowing our brains to reset and be creative.  In Stillness, Daily Gifts of Solitude, author R. Mahler observed that by doing nothing, “we stare into the potential of everything.” (p.65)

Thanks to everyone who attended and participated.  The food was good and the company was great. Mark your calendars for the next book discussion slated for Wednesday, October 24th from noon to 1pm.

by KJ Bolling, LAII


Just so many minutes in a day…

In reading related materials for our first OKOB book discussion, I’ve come across a few authors who point out that if our children are gaming 4-6 hours a day and texting and checking into Facebook, what are they not doing?  Similar concerns were brought up with the advent of television.  Since our experience with televisions in our homes spans several decades now, what can we anticipate the impact of this much more complex interconnection will be?  Please bring your ideas on Wednesday or post them here while fresh in your mind.

Posted by KJ Bolling, LAII

Getting Ready for Our First Event

Our first discussion about Alone Together is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 2012, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the UAS Ketchikan Campus Library.  Our One Ketchikan One Book committee has been very busy preparing for our event, and we’ve read some supplemental material, including related books, magazine and journal articles, all with something relevant to say about some aspect of technology including social media, privacy, loneliness, conversation, texting, and the Web.  The more you read, the more you find to read that engages you.   I’ll be talking about online privacy on the 26th, and although I thought I had a fairly good handle on this topic, some of what I’ve read lately has been downright eye-opening.

There are several fascinating topics that we’ll be discussing next Wednesday, and we hope that you can join us!  There will be food, and some great conversation.  The Campus Library is open to the public and is located at 2600 7th Avenue, Ketchikan, Alaska.  Call 907-228-4567 if you need further information.

Miss Manners

I read an article this week, a review of Alone Together and another book, which talked about how texting and sending bunches of emails every week (or day!) as well as the other technologies we enjoy in our lives, have brought about basic changes in the way we conduct ourselves.  Our texts abbreviate words, and our emails sometimes don’t even have a salutation or a sign-off; in other words, we’ve become quite often curt to one another, and it’s acceptable!  Our face to face conversations are often interrupted by text messages, cell phone calls or email, and although those interruptions may annoy many of us, others think those interruptions are “normal”.  How bad will it get?

Truitt, Marc. “Editorial: Singularity–Are We There, Yet?.” Information Technology & Libraries June 2011: 55+. Academic Search Premier. Web. 15 Sept. 2012.

Posted by Librarian Kathleen Wiechelman

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