Is There Love in the Telematic Embrace? -Roy Ascott

“These phenomena are exerting enormous influence upon society and on individual behaviour; they seem increasingly to be calling into question the very nature of what it is to be human, to be creative, to think and to perceive, and indeed our relationship to each other and to the planet as a whole.” (Ascott)

This sentence from the Roy Ascott article, Is There Love in the Telematic Embrace?, talks about how the electronics and the web are influencing the way humans communicate, live their daily lives, and have even begun to question what it actually means to be human. I like this excerpt because it really made me think about the way that human life has become so dependent on machines. Our everyday lives depend on the web and machines to be successful, even now, I furiously type on my laptop to finish an assignment for an almost completely digital class while my laptop simultaneously receives e-mails, texts, checks spelling and grammar, and receives relative information from my smartphone that is just as connected to the web as my laptop. This revelation prompts me to wonder, what would a world without telematics would be like?

Categories: Web

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