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D. Henschen
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11/8/2013 | 3:11:16 PM
re: What Star Wars Teaches Us About Technology
I have seen every episode of Star Wars again over the last few years at the behest of my (now 12-year-old) son. I'm also living with the generational hyper-space jump into technology dependence. He graduated from Nintentos and Wii to iTouch and iPad. I recently gave him a hand-me-down Blackberry Torch -- his first smartphone -- but within one month he was saying it's "lame." Now he's lobbying for the new iPhone. It's mostly about keeping up with the Joneses, not an actual need for the technology. I'm hoping this, too, will pass.

I take your point on putting the screen down. Just yesterday I caught myself checking email during lunch at a restaurant instead of talking to my wife. That's lame. Live your life in the here and now. Use the tools when you need them.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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11/8/2013 | 7:48:20 PM
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I've got a bad feeling about this...
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11/8/2013 | 8:00:45 PM
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You made my day ;)
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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?
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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.
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