Martin, I’d like to pick up a couple of the points made in your most recent blog “On Social Evil and Ephebiphobia”
Having been at the wonderfully rich CLIS / EICIN symposium, I agree that the young people really did have much to say about inter-generational dialogue but I wonder whether the pendulum swings too far if we claim that inter-generational dialogue in the virtual world can only be between people who have met and are well known to each other in the real world first. Does this need qualification? Are you talking about meaningful dialogue, productive dialogue, mutually beneficial dialogue???……..your claim is an interesting one that I think we could explore further.
I was also struck by what Tanya said about young people having technological capability but lacking wisdom and people like ourselves having the wisdom…this makes me feel a little itchy. To be completely corny (apologies) Confucius stated that wisdom can be learned by three methods: Reflection (the noblest), imitation (the easiest) and experience (the bitterest). According to “Doctrine of the Mean,” Confucius also said, “Love of learning is akin to wisdom.
In what ways are we wise???? Answers on a blogcard!!
I couldn’t resist picking up some of the points made by Martin, Damien and Mary around assumed identities online. I take the points made about identities often being topic driven and I agree that the anomalies are certainly worth thinking about. I also agree with the point made by Mary that we, perhaps, need to examine the ethics of living in this epistemic world; not least because I understand that there has been a rise in depression / suicide in the U.S. that is alleged to be related to the points that Damien made about individuals with physical disabilities. It would seem that creating an avatar of what you think is your ‘ideal self’ may have ethical implications.
I was also struck by the question that Martin posed relating gender identity given that, in the incident discussed, generational identity could seemingly be diminished.
What makes me somewhat uncomfortable about all of this is the underlying assumption that our identity is solely invested in a physical image, avatar, photograph, name tag.
What about the identity that we create in the way that we write; in what we write? Aren’t we in danger of oversimplifying the concept of identity to the point that we may completely misunderstand it?
Fiona (a.k.a. f3538!)