02/20/2005: Everyday Magic versus Personal Retreats
Andrew Sullivan chimes in today with this piece about Society: Society is dead, we have retreated into the iWorld.
Mr. Sullivan concludes:
"...Americans are beginning to narrow their lives.
You get your news from your favourite blogs, the ones that won’t challenge your view of the world. You tune into a satellite radio service that also aims directly at a small market — for new age fanatics, liberal talk or Christian rock. Television is all cable. Culture is all subculture. Your cell phones can receive e-mail feeds of your favourite blogger’s latest thoughts — seconds after he has posted them — get sports scores for your team or stock quotes of your portfolio.
Technology has given us a universe entirely for ourselves — where the serendipity of meeting a new stranger, hearing a piece of music we would never choose for ourselves or an opinion that might force us to change our mind about something are all effectively banished.
Atomisation by little white boxes and cell phones. Society without the social. Others who are chosen — not met at random. Human beings have never lived like this before. Yes, we have always had homes, retreats or places where we went to relax, unwind or shut out the world."
Now, me, on the other hand...I am always trying to find that everyday magic in the world I live in --- and the world can be an Oh, So Magical Place --- in every acquaintance, and every place, every possibility...I try for that glimmer of the hidden, spectacular mystery just waiting below the surface for a chance to be revealed.
Karen on 02.20.05 @ 07:19 AM CST