Blogging Borgmann: TCCL Chapter 23, “Focal Things and Practices” and the Character of Contemporary Life (TCCL) by Albert Borgmann. The chapter’s meditation on things and practices, with its thoughtfully selected and well-developed examples, appeals to those who might not know Borgmann’s . This article considers the question of technology and the good life. It argues for a strong thematic connection between Albert Borgmann’s thought and Japanese.
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The Recovery of “Focal Practices”
Literacy is a many-storied skill, rising from word-recognition via parsing to comprehension. It gathers together sky, earth, rain, focwl grape together in the wine it serves, revealing them to us, teaching us about refreshment and invoking the divine via the tradition of libations, or something else.
He cited that the focal thing in winemaking involves the implements used to produce wine. University Press Scholarship Online. It could even be called religious, or sacred and many special traditional meals have that character explicitly. Focal activities are also the basis of all group celebration: The obscene amount of time spent in the virtual world is also noticeable by anyone who has engaged it, as well as the resulting phenomenon of listlessness, boredom and irritability that often follows.
Ane the last twenty-five years, for example, certain customs have been in serious decline by many families: The answer is that literacy on the part of the reader generates the wealth of information a viewer receives without charge.
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Borgmann analyses what occurs when we read: Thus to read is to gather our past and illuminate our present. When we finally come home, late and exhausted, borgmxnn by a well-stocked refrigerator, a preternaturally efficient microwave, and diverting television, there is little choice when we fail to cook a good meal and summon the family to the dinner table.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will alhert be published. Focal things include books, musical instruments, fishing tackle, good art, and the treasures of nature. The materials are our experiences as well as our aspirations… The location of the structure is somewhere in the life of our imagination, that realm of pregnant possibility that surrounds and informs our actual life.
Posted by John O’Brien at 9: The previous chapter took Nature as an intuitive source of helpful challenges to the technological tgings. Albert Borgmann, a philosopher at the University of Montana and author of several books on the effects of electronic media on society, is an advocate of deeper discernment before embracing the latest device from the Gates-Jobs industrial juggernaut.
And so ultimately the pfactices of technology, which we have been examining all these chapters, is stronger than any ad hoc willpower we might possess. A focal thing is something of ultimate concern and significance, which may be masked by the device paradigm, and must be preserved by its intimate connection with practice.
It is a focal activity that collects our world as a convex lens does and radiates back into our world as does a concave mirror. Views Read Edit View history. Focal practices protect focal things from the intrusion of technology. There are human practices, however, that counter the trend of virtualizing life. The answer is that literacy on the part of the reader generates the wealth of information a viewer receives without charge.
Our focal practices today will differ from those of our pre-technological ancestors. Deep-reading, long-term memory, contemplation and ultimately what we might call wisdom, are all in jeopardy.
It is true that it is usually easier to engage in electronic diversions.
When magnified in scale, they are also the basis of all communal celebration. To read comprehendingly is to follow the author’s instruction in the construction of an imaginary world. Running is different than driving. The materials are our experiences as well as our aspirations The location of the structure is somewhere in the life of our imagination, that realm of pregnant possibility that peactices and informs our actual life.
Blogging Borgmann: TCCL Chapter 23, “Focal Things and Practices”
Technology’s relationship with democracy is borgmanj best an uneasy one, especially given Borgmann’s claim that our modern devices are not mere value-neutral instruments. This is excellent, as far as Borgmann is concerned, for these people can actually speak deictically to us! Everyone can run or make a meal from scratch. Cultural information is information that is being used to shape reality, such as engineering design plans.
This is a limitation of focal practices that we need to examine if, as Borgmann thinks, they can be the ground for a more widespread reform of technology that reaches into the public sphere.
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In the end, the question should be, do our gadgets assist or detract from our primary vocation in life — do they help us be foval who love and serve. It is a focal activity that collects our world as a convex lens does and radiates back into our world as does a concave mirror.
Moral Fragments and Moral Community: We continuously compensate, he argues, by using more and more technologies. This convenience television is a good example of how one device now largely substitutes for other human activities. Technology and the Good Life? These are the activities that have been obliterated by the readily available boorgmann offered by TV.