, Salem, MA


January 8, 2014

Watson: We are living online more and more


The characters in “Her” do not seem futuristic. You already know people exactly like them today. But we still live in a transition time, and over half of our citizenry grew up with the “old,” pre-computer ways and norms. Today, however, nine of 10 teens aged 14 to 17 utilize online social media. And, rapidly, computerization, automation and robotization are expanding in all directions. Therefore, we have not yet arrived at the ultimate online society that we are — without a doubt — pointed at.

So, as more and more life migrates onto screens, will we try to assess what is gained and what is lost? With all that computer power, we’ll have no shortage of data, but I wonder if we’ll lose the inclination and attributes necessary for the requisite distillation and synthesis.

Brian T. Watson is a Salem News columnist. Contact him at

Text Only | Photo Reprints

AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
Comments Tracker
Roll Call
Helium debate