Vision has been narrowed and literalised and this very computer screen is part of the narrowing. As Neil Postman observes, within every technology there is embedded an ideology. Blake understood this – and sought both to engage with and to challenge the technologies of his own day, whether it was the authority of the printed word (Blake constantly produced variant editions, and offset word with a contrary image, with awareness of context), or of the linear-sequencing, abstracting tendencies of language itself, alienating us from Being.
This page is meant as a moment of reflection. To see, not only how you are using the internet, but how the internet is using you. Is it making you feel more peaceful? More isolated? As Postman notes, these are the sorts of questions we should be asking it: “What kinds of conversations does it permit? What are the intellectual tendencies it encourages? What sort of culture does it permit?”
|To See with the Right Hemisphere
“To See a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour” – Blake, Auguries of Innocence