After our discussion in class today, I found this video on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMaPiLFGwx0 (You might want to put on headphones as there are brief moments of strong language). The “Locker Gnome,” as he calls himself, touches upon an idea that we discussed in class today: Does technology unite or isolate us? The “Locker Gnome” argues that technology unites us, given that we as a society can overcome our differences and learn to accept one another for who we are. While arguing for the unification aspect of technology, he inadvertently supports Turkle’s argument when he states that he socializes with others through the mail, some people he sees outside, and people online. Turkle would argue that he is not receiving a healthy level of face to face conversation. As a result, Turkle would likely say the “Locker Gnome” has underdeveloped social skills and has effectively isolated himself from society.
Do you think the Locker Gnome’s argument has validity?
If not, how could his argument be improved, or can it?
Is technology a uniting factor given that we, as a society, seek self-improvement?
Or do you think that the “Locker Gnome” is an isolated individual: proof Turkle’s ideas?