By Gabriel Martinez, August 22, 2010 in Pedagogy and Teaching, Outside the Classroom
I read about a recent book, "Hamlet's BlackBerry", based on a 2006 essay, on my BlackBerry, while waiting for my little son to fall asleep. I just needed something to do in the semi-darkness. Incapable of talking to anyone or reading a book, I turned to the digital age for some mindless passtime.
The book, it turns out, is about how mindless passtimes digitally provided prevent us from talking to anyone or doing good things like reading books (the essay's subtitle is "Why Paper Is Eternal"). It counsels us to disconnect ourselves from our gadgets (at least occasionally). A disconnected gizmo is a happier gizmo because it doesn't fill itself up with useless data.
Perhaps most of us would agree with the book's moderate philosophy of regular (but not constant) disconnection, a happy medium between not knowing anything and having to know everything.