Saying No to Alexa

Saying No to Alexa

“Man is the only animal nature has endowed with the gift of speech.” Aristotle, Politics It is estimated that almost a quarter of American homes have a voice-enabled ‘smart speaker,’ and experts predict that over half of households will within a few years. The lion’s...
Doing Something about the Technology Problem

Doing Something about the Technology Problem

“Technology enchants; it makes us forget what we know about life. The new—any old new—becomes confused with progress.” “When we move from conversation to mere connection, we get a lot of unintended consequences.” Sherri Turkle, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of...
Surfing into Forgetfulness

Surfing into Forgetfulness

“And wicked men seek for people with whom to spend their days, and shun themselves; for they remember many a grievous deed when they are by themselves, but when they are with others they are disposed to forget.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, IX The wicked find it...
To Text, or Not to Text

To Text, or Not to Text

I share some thoughts on this question at Front Porch Republic, following my attending a conference with Wendell Berry this past weekend. Texting: Why I Resolve to Avoid It John CuddebackHusband, father, and professor of Philosophy. Bacon from Acorns springs from one...

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