Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday November 16, 2014

Are You Able to Enjoy the Silence?

This column introduces the reader to the concept of Digital Natives (those born after 1985) and Digital Immigrants (those born before 1985) through a book called The End of Absence by Michael Harris. We "Digital Immigrants" are the last generation to remember the world before the Internet. I think I have a new book to add to my Kindle list.

He writes: "We have in this brief historical momentآ… a very rare opportunityآ… These are the few days when we can still notice the difference between Before and Afterآ… There’s a single difference that we feel most keenly; and it’s also the difference that future generations will find hardest to grasp. That is the end of absence آ– the loss of lack. The daydreaming silences in our lives are filled; the burning solitudes are extinguished."