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Just about everyone I know has stopped to consider how technology has changed our professional and private lives. But besides the newfound dependency on having our favorite gadget right on our desk (better still, on our hip), it seems that our behavior as Homo sapiens and social animals is also taking a beating. 

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Comments (9)
Very good post. I share the same concerns and see the same trends.

In meetings I have seen interruptions to become almost expected now. You have to speak as fast as possible to get your point across before getting cut off. Meanwhile everyone is checking their blackberry or email on their laptop and half the people aren't even listening. When they get asked a question they have to ask for it to be repeated...

Posted by DAVID M | Wednesday, April 07 2010 at 3:07PM ET
Jim, I also enjoyed Shop Class as Soul Craft perhaps because I love motorcycles and the thought of working on motorcycles instead of data was very appealing to me. However I think the real reason is that I admire great craftsmanship whether it's a carpenter, plumber, roofer or mechanic. They have to rely on their knowledge and experience to fix problems which is one of the things that I took away from this book. In information technology what I see is the regurgitation of the same sound bytes or blogs or twits (the spelling was purposeful) with no real thought or substance being added. The proliferation of white paper solutions fills inboxes. Few solutions are based on real experience or knowledge but more on the basis of a hypothesis or something written in another white paper or twit. Is there anyone really solving problems and fixing things in IT or are they just all tweeting about it? Craftsmen don't tweet; they do real work and share real life experiences. The fact that you read these books and gathered insight from them leads me to believe you are more of a craftsman than a twitter, even though you write blog! Good article.

Richard

Posted by Richard O | Wednesday, April 07 2010 at 3:17PM ET
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