Only Transmitters

Students I encounter today are used to scenes that last no more than twenty seconds.  Switch.  Switch. Cut to the chase.  Then they use that cut-to-the-chase mode when they do their research on the internet.

What’s happening is politically very dangerous.  Not only is the narrative gone, but so is dialog where people alternate between transmission, creation, and reception of ideas.  Now, there are only transmitters.  People talk at one another, and they are not listening. I see this every day.

A professor of sociology, United States of America, 2011

Music by Stephin Merritt: Tweet, from My Life as a Fairy Tale (2006)

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