A British baroness and pharmacologist is concerned about your mental health, dear readers and social network users.
The classic argument about danger to children is wedded to the newer neurological argument.
In a Guardian podcast, Lady Greenfield combines two different charges, one about brain function (cf Marianne Wolf's concerns, uncited as far as I can tell) and one about culture (mistaking friending for friends). Greenfield combines these into the phrase "screen life." She goes on to wonder if autism and attention deficit disorders are caused by digital culture.
The pharmacist-baroness also offers a new twist on the language of fearsome cyberspace - it's like meat. Not meatspace, but butchery:
Fascinating, too, to see the replacement logic persist - rather than augmenting or simply adding on, the technology appears as a substitute.
Note, too, Greenfield's nostalgia for tv, as compared to the internet. In the Guardian podcast she argues that television was social, a family gathering node. Fascinating to see our technological back-formation going on here, with "vast wasteland" being reconceived as hearth.
(via The Lede)