In this continued roundtable of Jacobs’ How to Think, I’d like to circle back to the question of online vs. offline thinking.
In addition to the material conditions of enacting thought, we’ve touched lightly on the virtues necessary to enact thought as Jacobs describes it.
It is concerning that the connections that we have to those that we have never met in person are simply so easy to forsake that they don’t seem worth the work of forbearance.
In our fast-paced, information-laden world, we need to be able to quickly sort and categorize what we see and hear and, more often than not, people will get included in this categorization process.
Perhaps non-engagement is not an option, and we should think of social media in terms of strategic entanglement rather than strategic withdrawal.
In Alan Jacobs’ How to Think, Jacobs offers a (self-consciously) unpopular account of thinking for a world inundated by thinkpieces and hot takes.