52 Pickup ep. 29 – Modern-Day Friendships

52 Pickup is my members-only podcast. Episode 29 represents a major revision of the show. Consider it “52 Pickup 2.0.” I’ve made it available here for everyone to listen to, members and non-members alike. If you enjoy it, become a member and get another episode like it every week. I’d appreciate it greatly.

Last week, I read an interesting article in The New York Times by Sherry Turkle. Sherry is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. The article, entitled “The Flight From Conversation,” explores the idea that we as a society have abandoned conversation for connection:

“Human relationships are rich; they’re messy and demanding. We have learned the habit of cleaning them up with technology. And the move from conversation to connection is part of this. But it’s a process in which we shortchange ourselves. Worse, it seems that over time we stop caring, we forget that there is a difference.”

It’s a compelling topic, especially as a person who spends a lot of time using online social tools to communicate with many far-flung friends. In this episode, I explore the idea of technology, social tools, conversation and modern-day, connected friendships.

Patrick Rhone of Minimal Mac and Ged Meheux of The Iconfactory share their thoughts as well.

Transcript: Here

Additional reading:

The Flight From Conversation
Sherry Turkle speaking at TED
The iPhone, an Automobile For Your Mind
Shawn Blanc on the iPhone as an automobile for the mind
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