Filed under: Zeitgeist
Mother Teresa spoke often about the effects of being lonely and the crushing poverty of spirit that is caused by feelings of being unwanted- so much much so that she called this ‘the leprosy of the West’. A recent international study claimed that more than a third of adults are lonely.
There’s alot of talk that screens are taking over face to face interaction, and that culture is suffering as a result. David Armano’s fantastic post We Are Not Alone. Life 2.0 puts forward the notion that the growing suite of web tools allows us, through creating and connecting, to find out that others like us exist.
There is a now a place where we can find that ‘we are not alone’ and more. Screen life, online life IS ‘real’ life. For many (and there are many- over 450,000 bloggers in Australia alone) our online time informs and inspires our terrestrial activities.
Examples of this range from the fabulous red paper clip story, to the spontaneous walkouts in high schools of over 40,000 students across Califonia organised through individual myspace pages and to the popularity of acts like The Artic Monkeys and OKGo.
These stories, OUR stories, will only grow as we continue to contribute our time and energy to trying to connect with each other.
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