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5 Responses to “Twiddle-Dee, Twiddle-Dum”

  1. Lance Strickland says:

    There is no doubt some understanding and “wisdom” that needs to be applied to these new technologies. There seems to be an over-arching question that needs answering; what is communication to be used for? then we can evaluate the mediums used to conduct this act. Secondly, if communication is “an interruption to attention” (yes, i see what you are saying) but you are almost making the argument to live in solitude. I will be waiting in less than 6 months for @oughtiscanwill man or maybe it will be @connectingmondaytosunday. 🙂

  2. Brody Bond says:

    Would you prefer that your readers not tweet links to you articles?

  3. Mike Metzger says:

    Brody: Of course not. Go for it.

  4. Brent says:

    Must resist…urge… to tweet this story. How do you suggest college students “sort through the onslaught?” Personally, I dropped facebook and have tried to concentrate my reading energy into books. Still, internet information, useful as it may be, threatens to overtake significant amounts of my time.

  5. Mike Metzger says:

    You’ve hit the nail on the head, Brent. One of the illusions of modern life is that “you can have it all… right now.” I prefer the adage that every time you say “yes” to something (such as time on Facebook), you’ve said “no” to over a dozen things. The good is the enemy of the best. Twitter might have good features, but is it best use of your time? You’d need a long-range view of life to properly answer that one.

    In older societies, more people had a long-range view of life. This in turn yielded the belief that proper postponement had a place – that some sacrifices yield a sweeter return. “Storing up for yourselves treasures in heaven” is how Jesus put it. Successful athletes practice this – postponing some immediate gratification for a greater good later on. You can’t have it all, experience it all, keep up with it all in this life. You have to decide what’s important. Not to decide is to decide–except that someone or something else is making the decisions for you.

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