Saturday, December 6, 2008

In Search of the Word For Attributing Familiarity to the Unfamiliar

I read an article recently that made the case for the Internet as an extension of our social lives -- as opposed to, as has been long argued by skeptics and other old-fashioned-ists, a replacement or substitute for it.

As with most issues of this uncertain sort, there are arguments to be readily made for both sides.

For example, your Fearless Leader is certainly sympathetic to Kurt Vonnegut's accusation that we modern people have lost respect for the Art of Conversation.

And, I'll be the first to admit that I could have spent the last hour talking to my friends in person rather than sitting here alone in my office.

But, to argue that during this past hour I have been untouched by my fellow human would be to err. Indeed, if it weren't for the Internet, Yours Truly wouldn't be sad: