Letter to the editor: Column had an important message on life in our times

Many thanks to Angelo Lynn for pointing out Leeya Tudek’s most wonderful Ways of Seeing column in the Aug. 23 edition of the newspaper. I would disagree with him on only one point. It’s not only worth reading, as Angelo writes, but most definitely IS about what should be a top priority for us all if we’re to remain even vaguely human. 
It’s an exquisitely written essay about perhaps the most important topic in the world today: the brutal, ravaging, rapacious effects of communication technology (in this case her example is cell phones) on human interaction, kindness, empathy, thoughtfulness, basic humanity and creative, inquisitive thought. 
Never mind what it both literally does to the brain in terms of physically toxic penetration as well as making us more lazy, more stupid, less able to think complexly, less willing to live in a world beyond simple-minded, essentially meaningless sound-bites. 
Finally, Leeya’s essay is especially wonderful and vitally important to be paid attention to because it was written by someone who is 17 years old, not a nattering old lady like me! Thank you, Leeya!
Marianne Lust

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