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March 20, 2013

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Rolando Teco
1.

Thought-provoking and disturbing post, Mr. Sullivan. What you observe about society in general and our collective yawning into ever deeper isolation rings true. Sadly, I've absolutely no clue what to do about it, apart from forcing myself up and out and into the world more often than is comfortable.

I also think texting is related to this. No one is comfortable conversing anymore. Everyone just wants to send info out and wait for a response. A conversation presents challenges that may cause immediate discomfort but that I'm sure pays off in the end in terms of deeper more honest connections with other human beings.

For more on this topic, check this out. I found this brilliant:
http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html

Mark Krause
2.

Wonderful post, Robert. I don't think I'll be able to watch the rest of this season of GIRLS (I'm a bit behind) in quite the same way.

The texting issue is also fascinating to me, Roland. We endlessly practice presenting ourselves in texts, tweets and facebook posts, but I wonder what it's doing to our ability to hear each other, to listen to one another, let alone converse with each other face to face.

For all the communicating that technology allows us, are the muscles needed to be physically and emotionally present with someone else -- in real time and space -- atrophying?

Or maybe the whole idea of connecting -- of being present -- is simply changing. Maybe what we used to think of as face to face is now just Skype.

Kinda depressing. Makes me want to push, like you Roland, to connect in the world even more, even if it's not always my first impulse.

A wonderful interview with Brene Brown, if you've the time:

http://www.onbeing.org/program/brene-brown-on-vulnerability/4928


Rolando Teco
3.

So I finally watched the episode you're describing here -- I know... I'm woefully behind. And it's really stunning. One of the things I loved most about his race to the rescue was the awkwardness -- we see a jiggling image on an iPhone as he jogs in and out of frame, and he has to warn Hanna that he will disappear for a few minutes as he descends into the subway.

The observation you make about a sitcom version of friends who are always there to come to our rescue rings true. And it really is remarkable, now, having seen this episode, how the season finale manages to use this trope and turn it totally on its head. It's quite something. Thanks for writing this because it was rereading this post that led me to seek out and finally view that episode.

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