Cultural Lag Meets Cultural Isolation

In the arena of literature, a term was presented to me in the 1980’s that I had not heard: cultural lag. It is a concept that dates to the late 19th Century, if my reading of the subject has produced an accurate interpretation of the first period of study of this phenomenon. Simply put, cultural lag is the thing that happens when technology advances faster than the public or institutions are prepared to accept. What…

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My Life Is Not Bullet Points

Neither Is Yours! Something occurred to me a couple of weeks ago, and that is we have begun creating a world where everything is reduced to “the takeaway.” Each morning on Morning Joe, on MSNBC, they end the program with a segment called “What Have We Learned.” It sorts through all of the complexities of the world’s news and centers upon a single point or a couple of succinct items the show participants have learned….

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Should I Upgrade Now Or Wait A Week?

Nothing is more ephemeral these days than new technology. Even the puffy summer clouds seem to endure longer than today’s new tech. With the clouds, you have a chance to imagine cute farm animals tramping across the azure field above. With the new technology, you get to learn new ways to use the cloud, the technical variety. The question I have is whether it is imperative or even useful to have the latest gadget or…

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