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What your BRAND CANNOT DO (with a cell phone)

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

I woke up this morning. I guess that was a good thing? I got to work and discovered that I forgot my cell phone at home.
As a commuter I was unarmed with video “gotcha” technology.
More importantly, I was not distracted by incessant texts.
I was able to turn on the car radio and listen to real people — speaking — on the air — to me.

Usually, when I get to work my older friends ask me how I am doing.
Telling them anything other than the truth is betrayal.
So, the confession they hear is, “I got up. So, now I’ve got something to complain about.”
And we laugh.
My younger friends ask me, “How is it going?” Telling them anything other than “It’s all good” is TMI (too much information).
Neither group notices I am off the grid this day.
Has this happened to you?

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Technoliquidity

Dec. 15, 2012 – ROME (UPI)

— Technology has changed the way people think, creating “a new brain,” two Italian psychology experts say.

Psychologist Maria Beatrice Togo, who collaborated with psychotherapist Tonino Cantelmi on a new book released, “Technoliquidity,” postulates entertainment technology, such as video games, “has triggered an evolutionary leap, just like the written word 3,000 years ago.”

“It has changed our memory, our brain has lost certain connections,” the Italian news agency ANSA quoted Togo as saying. “Some circuits have been lost and others have developed, circuits that are more closely linked to perception.

“The human brain has not changed on an anatomical level but it now works differently. It is a new brain. And the protagonists of this historic step, the ones with a ‘new brain,’ are the children and adolescents of today.” © 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

(It has come to this?  Read Bunkhouse Logic. Tell stories to your friends and family in person, face to face, where you can shake their hands, dry their tears, and hug their hurts.  Don’t forget what you are made of – salt and light.)