Lori Rodrirguez

Georgetown, CT, United States

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Lori Rodrirguez
Posted almost 3 years ago
How can creatives use new technologies to increase empathy across cultural and geographic distances?
Yes, technology can enable global conversation, but to engender empathy requires a sense a closeness that comes from personal impact. Can I understand what your pain or joy feels like? How is that made real for me? During the disasters in Japan I was taking an online Cultural Anthropology course. One of my fellow students was Japanese. I could watch all the videos, read all the news, yet that one personal contact made the experience all the more personal and therefore more painful, frightening, sad, and ultimately uplifting, for me. So the question, in my mind, becomes how do we build the bridges that enable a plethora of personal 1:1 or F:F social ties that cross cultural and geographic distances.