I’ll try to make sense of this conglomeration of thoughts derived from numerous sources, all focused on a common issue in my mind: the modern society’s pitfalls of social media and the like.
Fahrenheit 451 was published by Ray Bradbury before I was even born. I am amazed at the insight he had!
“And most of the time in the caves they have the joke boxes on and the same jokes most of the time,…” -Clarisse – from Fahrenheit 451
In my cave there are the joke boxes of television, Facebook, and Twitter. With the same jokes and political garbage most the time.
“There was a tiny dance of melody in the air, her Seashell tamped in her ear again, and she was listening to far people in far places.” Fahrenheit 451
Can you say bluetooth?!? He really hit this one spot on. It drives me crazy to be in the store and think someone is speaking to me and then realize they are talking to far people in far places.
“…people have developed less a sense of community than a loneliness which they attempt to assuage by being with other people constantly, and on a superficial level only.” – The Irrational Season by Madeleine L’Engle .
That’s me. I’m with people superficially online, attempting to assuage my loneliness. Often all it does is exacerbate the situation.
“We have an innate pessimism about telephone calls; they have a habit of coming at the wrong time, and they are too sudden, catapulting you into a conversation you weren’t expecting. Letters, on the other hand, are a pleasure to receive, not least because they allow you to consider your reply. But people don’t write letters anymore.” – from A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
I must say that phone calls and letters are a step up from social media. At least with a phone call you can sometimes pick up on moods and intentions by a person’s voice. And with letters, you must put forth a little more effort and (hopefully) you take the time to craft your words more carefully.