Bowling alone, how more or less comfortable?
Another thought is on “capital”, since Putnam mentioned “social capital” many times throughout this book. I think that we, librarians, are involved in social capital in both economic and cultural aspects. To me, cultural capital is challenging to our professions as well as others, and I think it involves everyone in the arena. How can it be so true that we gained more power by more capitals we possess? This leads to recognition of so-called elites in the society, or a particular arena so to speak. I think theories we learned in class inter-related to each other. I think “gatekeeping” also comes into play. Why? I think those elites in both micro and macro levels have power to push and pull individuals. Bill Gates, for example, and his technology has so much impact on social world and its development. It is true, to me, that online technology makes people more and more physically isolated . Younger generations are those who become “natives” to technology, and they might be more and more comfortable to be in a virtual community. Also, it is related to the comfort to express and communicate in a setting where identity is not important. How does technology have to do with "communication apprehension"? Also, regarding values such as lies, do people do more lies or is it only the fact that they are “protective” in the virtual world? This is just my thoughts, and it scares me – an immigrant to technology!