Technology and the death of civilisation
José Picardo

Señor Picardo: Nice short article, thanks. Interesting question you pose at its end. I’d enjoy seeing a later amendment or revision to that. Because:

I hear and appreciate what you’re feeling and seeing about the tiny, omnipresent screens in everyone’s hands. I, too, have stood in awe in front Rembrandt’s “Night Watch,” in the Rijksmuseum. It was the fulfillment of a life-long dream I couldn’t quite bring to my mind’s surface until 20 years ago. My then eight year-old son and his 40 year-old mother opted out of theri visit to the Rijksmuseum. But it was my pilgrimage to a holy land and she had to strong arm me to get me to leave ;-)

I also have a very interesting professional and personal history which led me to that moment. Among other wild things I’ve done, I’m co-founder of a telerobotics company, and I also had invested 16 years of my life in three art galleries.

From personal and professional experience I’d suggest you, and all of us, have the option to go with the tiny or medium electronic screens. No one’s gonna put them down any time soon. I’m glad to be able to opine that one *can* use that to your advantage. For some helpful thought about this, I would commend to you Leonard Shlain’s remarkable Bioneers presentation about his research, and his book, “The Alphabet and the Goddess.” Part of his astounding hypothesis is that the Internet is actually better at connecting us to the world than most of us might have felt at first glance.

Also worth considering is Jane McGonigal’s book, “Reality is Broken,” and her very surprising and intelligent 2010~ish TED talk.

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