I hear you loud and clear, Jeff, but while I agree with you, I also look for the positives, and the inevitables.
On one hand technology is changing what it means to communicate and it’s removing a lot of the face-to-face interaction that once existed, but it’s also allowing us to communicate more frequently, with more people. It’s allowing us to feel comfortable sharing our deeper thoughts with strangers and it’s giving us the tools to connect with people who might need something we can give, regardless of where they are on the planet.
I feel those positives far outweigh the negative. The reality is that technology is here to stay and the best thing we can all do is find the best way to use the tools available to us. I’m personally experimenting with how I use technology to communicate, preferring now to only go into depth and spend lots of time here in these comments and through email. Otherwise, the bulk of my communication happens face-to-face. I purposely avoid starting long conversations on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ because I feel that spreads my time too thin, which takes away from the rest of my communication.
In the age of instant digital communication, the new Raven needs to become our mind. We need to relearn thoughtful communication instead of just blurting out whatever comes to mind.