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Tuesday Talks at BCP -- Glenn Davis on Technology and Society

    

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davis.jpg.dd61212c7c7d262a68c782f06ad3f428.jpgTuesday, June 19 – Glenn Davis is an author, lecturer, college professor, historian, and Boquete resident. He is the author of 4 books available on Amazon.com, three other books published in Japanese by leading Japanese publishers and hundreds of articles on Japan and Japan-American relations. One book is titled "How We Lived in Wellborn before Television" about the small town in Texas where he grew up in the 1950’s. He took note that Wellborn residents were very close-knit and friendly. People visited each other, sat out on their front porches and didn't lock their doors. But that was before TV arrived and changed everything about the small village. People did not visit as much and socialization virtually stopped inside homes as everyone was glued to their new boob tubes. But the world didn’t stop there, with the millennials and others now turning to living double lives: one in the real world and another in a virtual world. Glenn will demonstrate what one of these online worlds looks like and how you too can travel to a destination that does not exist. Are the rules there different from real life? Does living through an avatar change one’s behavior? It is true that real communities are being replaced by virtual ones, to the consternation of some and the delight of others. Where is all this tapping and beeping leading societies? Depressing or enlightening, the audience can choose.

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