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Community in an electronic age


Black, R, Community in an electronic age, Eureka Street, Jesuit Publications, Melbourne, Australia, 14, 1, pp. 30-32 ISSN 1036-1758. (2004) [Magazine Article]

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Two SMS messages - one sad, the other joyful - captured for me the power and problems of communication in an electronic age. I received the first message a few years ago on a misty winterís morning on the shore of Lake Geneva. 'Gran has passed away peacefully. Lots of love, Mum and Dad.' The other was on my phone when I awoke in London in February this year. It was from my wife: 'I'm pregnant!'

I was very glad to receive both messages; it is not the sort of news you want to wait for. I was glad to receive the word, but it was only half or less of the communication; there was no-one to offer the comforting touch, and no belly to kiss. In some ways there is nothing new about this experience. Letters from the fronts of wars told an earlier generation of the passing of their sons. What is new is how much of our communication is done at a distance and how rapidly we have embraced it.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Black, R (Professor Rufus Black)
ID Code:125894
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Vice-Chancellors Office
Deposited On:2018-05-15
Last Modified:2018-05-15

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