I saw the title -- the title got to me, not the article in Newsweek, January 18th.
David Wallace-Wells reviewed a new manifesto" by Jaron Lanier called, "You Are Not a Gadget," with wonderfully (or do I mean wondrously) packed sentences that I had to read twice, and even then I wasn't absolutely sure what he meant. So I found another review.
In the New York Post, January 10, "You are Not a Gadget" was reviewed by Larry Getlen who said, "The most popular aspects of Internet life — including Wikipedia, Facebook and digital music — are so detrimental to humanity that they give young people a reduced expectation of what a person can be. That’s the disturbing conclusion of Jaron Lanier, the computer scientist famous for coining the term 'virtual reality.'”
I am howling inside, when I keep seeing Facebook quotes, communiciations, connections, enrollees' super-passionate commitment to Facebooking, Twittering, Linking in, Digging, and more, and more, and more, and MORE.
So now that I have had a peek at Steven Jobs, thrilled and proud of the Apple IPad, the ITablet the world's been waiting for, have a look -- bearing in mind that kids 8 to 18 spend 7.5 hours a day with their media devices. I personally am praying the Apple guys will stop, stop it, stop improving the world with gratuitous IGizmo-Gadgets. HERE'S THEIR NEW BABY!