“Look Up” and the Social Media Machine

Nicki Varkevisser

Are we losing our humanity to technology?


We created the Machine, to do our will, but we cannot make it do our will now. It has robbed us of the sense of space and of the sense of touch, it has blurred every human relation and narrowed down love to a carnal act, it has paralysed our bodies and our wills, and now it compels us to worship it. The Machine develops – but not on our lies. The Machine proceeds – but not to our goal. We only exist as the blood corpuscles that course through its arteries, and if it could work without us, it would let us die.

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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