Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Interpretation of a quote by Jaron Lanier

On page 177 of "You are Not a Gadget" Jaron Lanier says "when you deny the specialness of personhood, you elicit confused, inferior results from people."

For years I have "met people" on the internet via listservs, email, message boards and social networking sites. However, after 15 years of this I still understand that you don't really "know" a person until you meet face to face. Even numerous phone calls are not a substitute for an actual meeting. Electronic communication often results in misunderstandings that can quickly end a "relationship".

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