Sunday, January 20, 2008

"locked into separate phases of inwardness"

Looks like another tirade on the internet culture. I loved that phrase from the book though. It almost makes me want to pick it up even though I don't think it is true. The problem of our culture surely is exactly the opposite, there is too little inwardness, too much interaction (blogs, social networking sites, cellphones etc).

In “Against the Machine,” the swaggeringly abrasive cultural critic Lee Siegel pays a visit to Starbucks. He sits down. He looks around. And he finds himself surrounded by Internet zombies, laptop-addicted creatures who have so grievously lost their capacity for human interaction “that social space has been contracted into isolated points of wanting, all locked into separate phases of inwardness.”

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