Sunday, May 22, 2011

Can technology create more empathy?

I was first drawn to this movie after seeing it tweeted out because it seemed to be dealing with empathy - one of our PYP attitudes.  However the more I watched the more interested I became not just in what empathy is, but also in how empathy has developed over time and shaped society.  In this movie empathy is defined as the ability of human beings to show solidarity with each other, and perhaps with the entire human race and the biosphere.  Jeremy Rifkin asks if technology now is allowing us to connect with empathy to "a singe race in a single biosphere", giving as an example the ability of posts on Twitter and YouTube to spread an empathic reaction to natural disasters around the world in a matter of hours.

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