Modern Communication and…Castration?!

With our need for speed, convenience, and labour-saving devices, I guess interpersonal communication isn’t quite what it used to be.  Yep, it can be quicker, abbreviated, and can generate humour with auto-correct gone wrong.  At the same time, human communication and interaction seems quite different now. Let’s have a look at (and listen to) two interesting media sources that shared interesting content on this topic.

UntitledHuffington Post recently posted a piece that demonstrates what happens when two popular digital voices (Siri and Google Voice) speak to each other.  Artist Michael Silber tested the two applications “talking” to each other and the result is something like the broken telephone game (complete with the reference to human-computer interaction being prone to castration).


The Irrelevant Show on CBC Radio recently broadcasted a cheeky sketch piece called “Cyberdisk” which creatively envisions the future of smart phones.  Check out the innovative and inventive new developments cited and how groundbreaking this Cyberdisk is!  It’s amazing! I simply must adopt this device….I particularly like the idea of the e-cord!

L.A. restaurant gives discount to ditch the phone

The Eva Restaurant in Los Angeles is offering a 5% discount to patrons who check their phones/electronic devices at the door before being seated and dining.

Nowadays, it’s definitely a common sight to see various people regularly turning to their phones and devices to check messages, text others, or post comments or status updates…all while dining with other people.  Often practically everyone around the table (or at multiple tables) is turning their attention and focus on their phones.

Should we just get used to the ubiquitous nature of technology in our daily lives–including when we’re socializing and dining with company?  Do phones and devices at the dinner table distract, disrupt and disconnect us from the meal and dining company?

Read the article about this restaurant at Mashable:


Does Text Trump Talk & Conversation?

Here’s an article that I’m sure will resonate with many people.

It asks if texting is ruining the art of conversation:

Texting certainly is handy but I do admit that personally I think it’s a little too much if people are texting each other in the same household or if they’re in close proximity when they can just  talk or dialogue…the old fashioned way!   Although you’ll have to show emotion and expressions instead of using emoticons.  😀

Plus of course there’s the matter of setting boundaries so everyone around the dinner table isn’t just looking at their phones and texting away!  (I am sounding so old fashioned in the etiquette department!)

I saw this picture posted/circulated on Facebook not too long ago:

A parting thought…

And in just a few short years, parents everywhere will be complaining to their children who are away at college or wherever, “You never text me anymore!”