After seeing the teaser footage of ‘Shy Guy’ (1947), I had to see the rest of the film. I pulled out my favorite quotes:
- "Maybe school is like your radio. This oscillator will do it's work well, but as you said, you still have to fit in so it will work with all the other parts."
- "Pick out the most popular boys and girls in school and keep an eye on them. Try to figure out why people like them."
- "Maybe there is something in this business of being a good listener?"
- Advice with women? "Be polite. . . Seat them and give the waiter their order."
How does technology help us in this matter? That is still a mystery. Too often it seems like the internet poorly equips us to socialize. Has anyone ever read a constructive comment following a news story? Too often the internet becomes a village of shouters. Friends become a number or something to be collected. We get into the habit of clicking ‘like’, whether it means “I’m so sorry for your struggle, for the pain I feel with you as we walk on together” or it means “That’s an awesome picture of a cat.” We can send messages that arrive in a matter of seconds so that we can ignore them for weeks. Technology has sped up what we can say, but has it given us anything else to say?
But I suppose there is some hope. It is just a matter of taking our hands off the keyboard and moving over to the mouse. It’s time to read someone else’s blog. It’s time to go understand how they see the world. Right after I finishing posting this other things that I just found. . .