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BK Magazine The Opinion Pages
Posted by Charlotte Ashlock, Executive Editor, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
Charlotte Ashlock is a crazy idealist trying to make the world a better place!
We read a lot of think pieces about how social media and technology is disconnecting us from each other and generally causing society to fall apart. The typical mockery is a cartoon showing a table of teens texting, with a caption like, "Why are they ignoring one another?" Here's what that shallow mockery overlooks. Technology opens up possibilities for the elderly, the sick, and the disabled to be part of the active life of a community. Some examples:
Ranting about how the Internet is destroying society is ableism, pure and simple. As well as overlooking the needs of people with disabilities, this can also be clueless to the needs of other under-represented groups.
I understand that it can be annoying when you’re trying to speak to someone and they’re distracted by their phone. I snap at my husband for doing this from time to time! But people who don’t understand the vast amount of social good the Internet is doing, are worse than ignorant: they lack empathy. I want to tell them, “The Internet might mean the world to someone less lucky than you.”
There is good hope that the intellectual discourse around this is changing. At the time of this writing, a piece ranting on this very issue is going viral. Also, one of our Berrett-Koehler authors, SC Moatti, has published a book called Mobilized, which explains the most successful apps, help us get more connected to the world.
Technology helps connect people and ideas to create a world that works for all.
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