The Virtual World Is an Emotional Desert

The Virtual World Is an Emotional Desert

When humans communicate face-to-face, we do so with little conscious effort, most of the time. Even when language is a barrier, we can quickly get the gist of the idea through body language, facial expression, the emotion conveyed. When we communicate at a distance, virtually, the effort involved is considerable and the opportunities for miscommunication […]

The Communication Problem at the Heart of Our Digital Era, Part 2

The Communication Problem at the Heart of Our Digital Era, Part 2

Every single human voice has a slightly different mix of its basic pitch, undertones and overtones.  Added together and they give each voice a distinctive quality – what musicians call the timbre of an instrument, only for the voice.  You are so good at hearing the timbre of human voices that you can identify every […]

The Communication Problem at the Heart of Our Digital Era, Part 1

The Communication Problem at the Heart of Our Digital Era, Part 1

We live half our lives in the virtual world, half in the real, so that many of our communications are wholly virtual, and that’s a human disaster. The ongoing human emotional train wreck that is the digital era began, arguably, with email and the attempt to solve two particular problems with older forms of communication:  […]