Vortex: The Perfect Word Choice

Listening to Scott Simon this morning on NPR’s Weekend Edition brought a warm glow — of admiration and empathy.

The admiration is for the use of the perfect term to describe his situation: Technology Vortex. I chuckled at the real-life examples familiar to so many of us. Simon dutifully attributes coining of the term to the philosopher Jonathon Schorr, but although I first read it elsewhere, it will inevitably be Scott Simon’s version I remember. “Technology Vortex is an invisible whirling mass that hovers over some of us to suck the vitality out of our technological devices.”

The empathy? Well, let’s just say I had no difficulty understanding or identifying with many of the examples.

In case you missed it, it’s well worth the three-minute listen or 30-second read.

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