Are we losing our humanity to technology?
As a tool to aid us, computer technology is invariably a good thing – when used wisely. And on those three words, Turk reminds us, hangs all the difference.
Turk, like Forster, sees that man’s essence can be lost in the essence of “the Machine,” and that – worse than just fostering triviality, anonymity, and a plethora of less attractive human tendencies – social media can ultimately become an ersatz distraction from the real deal, a “false creation, an imitation of life.”
Matthew Becklo is a husband and father-to-be, amateur philosopher, and cultural commentator at Aleteia and Word on Fire. His writing has been featured in First Things, The Dish, and Real Clear Religion.
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