Comments: Saturday column reading

Geoffrey Rowell writes:
'To be overwhelmed by tsunamis of emails, to communicate simply at the touch of a button just because it is possible, is a modern form of unrestrained desire. We need to learn a chastity of communication, a disciplined and loving sensitivity, in this area as in many others.'

I expect that some pre-human caveman would have thought something similar about the peculiar grunts being made by two of his neighbours (had he been able to think without language). No doubt an ancient Sumerian (or whatever) compained about the introduction of writing. Probably people compained about printing and about telephones.

'Discipline and loving sensistivity', yes. But communication, two-way, mutual communication, sensitive communication is surely what helps us understand our neighbours. Electronic communication -- email, blogging and the rest -- facilitates this communication, just as previous technologies have done so.

Posted by Simon Kershaw at Saturday, 2 July 2005 at 10:47pm BST
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