Less people use the telephone and two recent articles in the New York Times highlighted the phenomena- the revolution of social media. Yesterday in class we discussed Haas's book, but we never talked about whether the relationships one has with the "North," "South," "East," and "West" have changed over time. Writer for the New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell has argued that social media will never have the same effect as previous revolutions due to its lack of strong interpersonal associations. He praises face to face interactions for importance and power. Many companies will pay for their employees to fly half way around the world to meet with clients. Some days at work I will not see my boss and we will only communicate through email. Do people think that this makes it harder to make connections with those you work with, for, near....? Or is an ok or better substitute?
Below is a similar article that focuses on digital communication and the role of the internet on relationships between children and parents.