You may wonder why I am starting this blog….
I debated whether to start a Facebook page, but there are so many who are doing the heavy lifting for us there it would be merely redundant. I am also thinking about a Twitter acount, but am still trying to figure out what the point is. Their celebrities and politicians are increasingly making use of it, so anywhere politicians are found, I suspect we will find something useful to extending our domain as well. As far as tweets go, the instant gratification part is something we certainly understand, and the constant self-absorption is, of course, our stock and trade, but how much use could Twitter possibly be?
I know, we had a huge success with PowerPoint, but you can’t possibly get lucky all the time. Perhaps Twitter will turn out to be another way they endlessly amuse themselves, right into our loving embrace. Of course, they don’t see true problems until it is too late. For example, they create technologies of social interaction, but they bleed away the empathy from actual relationships as a result. Just think about how the hive mind functions to change the meaning of the word friend.
I must confess, I see the benefit of technology in ways I could not see before. This is one reason why I love the humans so. They create things that end up creating them instead and then don’t see problems down the road. They run ahead of their ability to reflect morally about where their creations take them and then seem shocked when things blow up in their faces. We have extended ourselves deeply into their world through the words, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could …?” You can complete the sentence with almost anything.
Jeffrey C. Pugh, Devil’s Ink: Blog from the Basement Office (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011), pp. 1-2.