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Shane M. O'Neill
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11/8/2013 | 9:12:02 PM
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Good point Marcello. The hard work involved in striking this balance should not be underestimated. We're not Jedis (obviously) but we can learn to feel our own force and use it to get in
shape, curb addiction, control emotions etc. I'm not saying it's easy. We all need some Yoda wisdom and guidance. :) As for kids, I say educate them in schools and at home early and often on how to balance their real and digital identities. Most kids will stare at screens all day if we let them. It's up to parents and teachers to set boundaries and encourage face-to-face social interaction.
Shane M. O'Neill
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11/8/2013 | 8:33:09 PM
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I agree, being able to move objects with your mind certainly transcends technology. I wasn't saying Jedis dismiss technology, but rather they integrate it brilliantly with the powers of the mind to fend off evil.
mak63
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11/8/2013 | 8:15:49 PM
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This article should have been started with "Spoilers Alert".
I will watch movie again soon, nonetheless, I agree with the authors' point about balance and to use technology for good. It requires education though. My question shall l be, how soon do we need to start teaching children? and where? In our home? school? special programs?
mak63
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11/8/2013 | 8:00:45 PM
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You made my day ;)
bcox641
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11/8/2013 | 7:48:20 PM
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I've got a bad feeling about this...
TiB306
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11/8/2013 | 7:24:28 PM
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"Impressive. Most impressive." "Search your feelings, you know it to be true."
GIGABOB
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11/8/2013 | 6:38:26 PM
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You missed the point. You first have to feel the force before you can use it. Jedi take technology to the next level - from a cyborg bio-neural interface to being genetically engineered humans attuned to electric, magnetic and gravitational fields that surround us. They can use this awareness to manipulate those fields directly with their brain - thus impacting technological elements around them. They do not repudiate tech, they take it to the next level.
WKash
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11/8/2013 | 4:17:15 PM
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What's striking about revisiting Obi-Wan Kenobi's instruction to Luke in today's context, compared to when Star Wars first blasted its way into our culture nearly 40 years ago, is just how much more dependent on technology -- and addicted to it --we've become. One hopes Obi-Wan's message -- and the suggestion that we all need to look up and see the bigger picture around us -- doesn't fade away as technology becomes an ever-stronger force competing for our mind's attention.
RobPreston
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11/8/2013 | 4:02:39 PM
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At my son's Confirmation several years ago, a father behind me was chatting on the phone and checking his email throughout this Sacramental ceremony. "Lame" doesn't begin to say it.
David F. Carr
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11/8/2013 | 3:16:00 PM
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Jedi are also makers. You're supposed to be able to construct a new light saber from random parts you find at the galactic Radio Shack. Try that with an iPhone
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