USER

June 28, 2006

Every article i am reading is rife with this word and it’s starting to really grate on me. Maybe some of us still want to be READERS?  Not USERS?  I feel like the lead character in that British series, The Prisoner:  “I am not a number. I’m a free man.”

There is something so, yes, obviously utilitiarian about this vision of a way of being in the world.   Where is the sense of inner understanding…agency….attentiveness…hearing….co-creation…..becoming human with this type of mode?  Did the idealistic journos of the past go to the line to bring into being a world of….users…..? It brings out such the hard core, anti-enlightenment medieval anchoress always trapsing barefoot to Italy inside me…– what about my hazelnut — ?       

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