Empathy 2.0: Virtual Intimacy

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Description: [...] a Feb. 16, 2000, New York Times article by John Markoff cites a study, conducted by Stanford University, that found the more hours people use the Internet, the less time they spend with real human beings. In a trenchant critique of media and technology, computer scientist and multimedia artist Jaron Lanier, often credited with popularizing the term "virtual reality," takes this idea a step further, lamenting "the end of human specialness" and the "decay in the belief in self" created by the online world, in a piece for the Aug. 29, 2010, edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, he argues that technology uses us as conduits for information.
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