The culture war over social media is raging out of control. In the latest conflagration, Vincent Nichols, the new Archbishop of Westminster, launched a vitriolic attack on the unnaturalness of social media.

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Written by CindyKing
3639 days ago

There will always be fanatics at any side of a debate. I enjoyed the read.

And have to say that I am a HUGE fan of FriendFeed. It's hard to explain why. But I definitely "feel" it is much more than an aggregation tool.

Also I like the end comments of the article about social media might "actually result in a greater appreciation for the richness and depth of real human interaction"

I can see where this might be possible. A very cool thought. And when reading the Archbishops arguments, I had images of life at the time of Michelangelo or Da Vinci - a romanticized lifestyle when people had time. Also a cool thought. My life is somewhere in the middle :)



Written by lyceum
3639 days ago

It is so typical that a religious "leader" is trying to blame things that could happen on technology. This is an example of the hatred of the good for being good and anti-capitalist tendencies. If Vincent Nichols had power he would probably bring us back to the stone age and put us in the cave and move back the time before the great industrialization.

Still, I am all favor of social interaction "in real life" (IRL, geek speak). It is not a split between mind and body, nor a contradiction to have online interactions and physical meetings. I am very fascinated by The Third Place concept and I created a physical meeting place for entrepreneurs and business minded individuals in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2006, together with some business partners. I want to create a new place in America for "biz & buzz in a cup," inspired by the historical coffee-houses.



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