Summary of the End of Solitude. Essay

582 Words Feb 24th, 2013 3 Pages
SUMMARY

Christopher Villegas Fohrweisser ID number: 1295075

Source:
William Deresiewicz, “The end of solitude”, The Chronical, January 30, 2009, pg. 1 to 4.

Key concepts:
Social networking, Solitude, Connectivity, Contemporary self, Technology, Society, Loosing abilities, people.

Main Issues:
What is happening with solitude in these days?

Why are T.V. and Internet a problem in these days? And how can they affect the ability to being alone?

In wich way does social networking affect the human behaviour?

What happen, when you lose the ability to being alone?

Main Thesis:
We are replacing the solitude to being in constant communication with people.

T.V was designed to
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We lost the ability to be still, our capacity for idleness. They have lost the ability to be alone, their capacity for solitude. (The end of solitude, pg.4)

• The goal now, it seems, is simply to become known, to turn oneself into a sort of miniature celebrity. (The end of solitude, pg. 2)

• Losing solitude, what have they lost? First, the propensity for introspection, that examination of the self that the Puritans, and the Romantics, and the modernists (and Socrates, for that matter) placed at the center of spiritual life — of wisdom, of conduct. (The end of solitude, pg. 4)

• Reading now means skipping and skimming; five minutes on the same Web page is considered an eternity. This is not reading as Marilynne Robinson described it: the encounter with a second self in the silence of mental solitude. (The end of solitude, pg. 4)

Comments:
I agree with the author because, actually when I was reading this article, I realized that all these issues are happening to me right now, we are always searching people to talk in Facebook, we are always wanting to have the best photo in Facebook, and the most important thing I don’t have time to read because social networking and I thing that is a huge problem for me and every single people in the world.
So I thing that solitude
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