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"For a multitude of causes, unknown to former times, are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and, unfitting it for all voluntary exertion, to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor. The most effective of these causes are the great national events which are daily taking place, and the increasing accumulation of men in cities, where the uniformity of their occupations produces a craving for extraordinary incident, which the rapid communication of intelligence hourly gratifies. To this tendency of life and manners the literature and theatrical exhibitions of the country have conformed themselves."

William Wordsworth, 

Preface to Lyrical Ballads

1800

 

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Rosy Cole on Monday, 16 January 2023 15:35

...only, now, with added devalue.

'The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!'

With regard to Social Media, inasmuch as it is a channel for undeniable evil, it is a powerful force for immense good that can unite and separate out the best in humanity.

That, too, is the same as it ever was with historic technologies...but on a global scale.

...only, now, with added devalue. [i]'The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!'[/i] With regard to Social Media, inasmuch as it is a channel for undeniable evil, it is a powerful force for immense good that can unite and separate out the best in humanity. That, too, is the same as it ever was with historic technologies...but on a global scale.
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