Technology, Culture, & Emotional Intelligence

The Intellectual Ethic of Screens

“We seem to have arrived at an important moment of transition between two very different modes of thinking.” - Nicholas Carr

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There is technology, and then there is TECHNOLOGY.

There are some technologies that are impactful enough to cause us to say something like, “wow, life is going to get a lot more convenient from now on.” This is like when Amazon introduced two-day shipping. That was pretty cool. The way I shop has changed. But it would be silly to say that who I am or that the way I think has changed. The ability to change the identity or thinking patterns of their users is a capacity reserved for the most significant inventions in history.

In his book, “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” author Nicholas Carr argues that there have been “Four Classifications of Technology” in the great inventions of history.

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