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ERIC Number: EJ944696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-1195-4353
When the Chips Are down: Taking Time to Pay Attention to Real Issues
Model, David
College Quarterly, v14 n1 Win 2011
Global warming, deforestation, destruction of the oceans, hunger, poverty, human rights abuses and war crimes will, at best, be redressed by empty words and token gestures unless the public imbibes massive doses of caffeine. Unfortunately the public's attention seems to be focused elsewhere. Blackberries, cell phones, social networks on the internet, television and movies consume much of our free time and attention with their addictive allure and coveted escapism. Public and private discourse has been trivialized through the new technological advances in communications which limit people because "the medium is the message" to mostly mundane and superficial exchanges. Notwithstanding the benefits of cell phones, they contribute to the problem by gobbling up free time for social and business discourse. In this article, the author contends that people retain the capacity to care and feel compelled to act on social injustice and human rights crises but only when the electronic gadgetry is turned off and they have the time to slow down and pay attention and avoid the temptation to be distracted by the false gods of golden technological advances.
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. 1750 Finch Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M2J 2X5, Canada. Tel: 416-491-5050; Fax: 905-479-4561; Web site: http://www.collegequarterly.ca
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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