This edition of sBADAwEBaUDIO’s “tHE oTHER aMERICA fILES” looks at today’s social world.
In one segment, online social interaction is explored through the lives of a collection of fictionalized characters suffering from “Facebook addiction.”
In another segment, a lay Tibetan monk takes a break from his work on a sand mandala to discuss some of the truths he has devoted years to finding. Some of those truths are represented in the large circular mosaic he has created from grains of sand. In the interview, he talks about good and bad forces: explaining the roots of evil, and affirming that in spite of how things may sometimes appear, the good will always ultimately triumph over the bad.
In the 21st Century, after about a decade of human involvement in online social networking communities, there has developed such a thing as Facebook Addiction.
Nnamdi Godson Osuagwu wrote a book about it. He fictionalizes that reality and brings it to us in short first person narratives. These short stories beg the question of how close to reality they are. Should we be worried that social interaction between human beings will soon become some odd phenomenom that might have been found in one of those science fiction stories from the 1970s wherein is described a reality in which the only way that people will talk to one another is through technology hidden away in loveless, solitary apartments?
Losang Samten, a lay Tibetan monk, speaks calmly about a world of good and bad forces. As he talks about a few of the truths that he has discovered, he paints a more abstract–or simpler–picture of the world than the one Nnamdi/Osuagwu gave us. Samten’s version of the world is one that can be explained using such terms as good and evil. With or without computers, one can conclude, these good or bad forces will forever define this social world on earth.
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