Human Vs. Mobile Connections/Social Media: Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?
Stephen Marche takes his research from an article he wrote for the cover story for The Atlantic Monthly: Is Facebook Making us Lonely? which is a report on what the epidemic of loneliness is doing to our souls and our society. Marche explains how Facebook denies us a pleasure whose profundity we had underestimated: the chance to forget about ourselves for a while, the chance to disconnect.
The Digital Sabbath: How Marche learned to stop checking Facebook and love life offline
Stephen Marche will focus on the relentlessness of technology and the value of taking pause to enjoy life without screens. For year Marche has been “plugged in”, writing magazine columns, while live-streaming baseball games and listening to music and IMing and playing online chess and checking his email every two minutes, and not worrying whether performing five or six tasks simultaneously might limit his ability to perform any of them adequately. Marche will take you on his journey of his Digital Sabbath and show you how The digital Sabbath makes you realize just how wonderful the devices we live through are, how powerful, how transformative, how magical. But even magic needs a rest.
Privacy in a Technological World
March explains, in the information age, privacy becomes more important, not less. It has taken a riotous release of the innate curiosity of human beings to see and to know all the squalid details of all the squalid stories for everybody to realize that seclusion is necessary to becoming and remaining a person. Human beings, like mushrooms, grow in the dark. When we are all constantly watching one another, privacy becomes nothing less than a human right. How far our innate curiosity can be suppressed is the question now. The one thing harder to figure out than the secrets of strangers may be how to leave them alone.