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29.3.05

becoming human again

I must say this is the first technical type for reading or really any kind of reading for a class that I have actually truly enjoyed. Christopher Locke finds away to approach the subject of internet and business, a topic that is inherently somewhat lackluster and uninspiring, that draws the reader in and keeps them interested.

Locke understands the dangerous rut that our culture has slammed itself into. We have reached a plateau of self-pity, overriding depression and general unhappiness and if we do not act quickly to solve this problem, the only place to go will be to sliding steadfastly back down from the top of the plateau. Children “grow up hearing news of a world more frightening than anything in ancient fairytales. The wicked witch won’t really push you into the oven, honey, but watch out for AK-47s at recess.” This notion is indeed disturbing. Because it is true. Locke understands that our culture needs a jolt to send us into the next age with an explosion of passion for life and a renewed sense of identity and creativity. He knows that this jolt, should we embrace it and allow it to be what it has the potential to become, is the internet.

Work and business are two unavoidable entities in today’s society. Though there are exceptions to this rule-perhaps you’ve won the lottery or been lucky enough to come from a wealthy family- chances are that at one point or another you have held a job for some period of time. I personally have been working since 2 weeks after I turned 16. And I hate it. As is the case with most people in the United States. I have never, nor do I ever want to hold your typical 9-5 paperwork desk job. While there are certain comforts that come with a regular schedule, the monotony and routine of this class of profession needs to be shaken loose. A change has to occur. Or it will be detrimental the mental and emotional health of the people in this country. Though I know I will lose some of my cool points for this- because by using this quote I must admit that I watch and enjoy ridiculously cheesy ABC family channel movies- I must agree with a line that I heard in the most recent ABC family movie (the one with Ryan Reynolds). One of the characters said, “It takes far less than death to kill a man.” This is exactly what Locke points out is happening to our society. We are all slowly and unknowingly dying because in our jobs we are not allowed the freedom to pursue creativity and passion, we are not allowed to explore ourselves. The mold needs to be broken.

Locke compares the internet to an ancient market. He believes that like these markets, people do not use the internet merely to buy the goods. They flock to this new technology for the promise of a genuine conversation with another human being. We have been emotionally suppressed and subdued to the point that we lost the ability to sincerely interact with one another. Because the desire for this never left us, the internet may be the tool needed reach deep within us and find the courage to let the desire to be human again flourish. People do not desire corporations; they desire each other. This is evident in the popularity of internet dating. There are sites aimed at linking singles from all walks of life. There are web dating services for men looking for men, for women looking for women, for men looking for women, for punks, for conservatives, for the young, for the old, for the deaf. People are clamoring for the chance to find in one another what they have been missing in their jobs; a soul, a heart, a human being.

Though some of my fellow students may disagree with Locke, it is undeniable that the internet has only begun to change us.

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