Wednesday, February 8, 2012

GT Seminar 2: On the topic of loneliness with Ezra Klein and Roger Ebert

After reading "Being fully human online" by Ezra Klein, and the two blog entries about loneliness by Roger Ebert (here and here), write a personal reaction to the pieces.

In your post, reflect on each of the readings individually. Then, reflect on the concept of loneliness and relate it back to yourself. Have you ever felt lonely? If so, what have you done to "cure" your loneliness? Do you use the internet as a place to round out who you are? How? To socialize? To inform? To learn? To communicate? Overall, do you think the internet is isolating us or bringing us closer together?

Ebert says, "What do lonely people desire? Companionship. Love. Recognition. Entertainment. Camaraderie. Distraction. Encouragement. Change. Feedback. Someone once said the fundamental reason we get married is because have a universal human need for a witness. All of these are possibilities. But what all lonely people share is a desire not to be -- or at least not to feel -- alone." Do you agree? Have you seen examples of this in your life experiences?

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