John Garrett

Marblehead, MA, United States

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John Garrett
Posted over 3 years ago
Which relevant/important events currently unfolding around the world are being ignored by the media? Why are they relevant?
I'm no pollyanna, but we do have a hard time acknowledging monumentally good news, without looking for the crap that we believe has to be underneath it. Recent obvious example: the democratic revolution in Tunisia, Egypt, now Libya (if you predicted Libya, a gold star for you). Also as mentioned previously peaceful nation building transition in Southern Sudan. Earlier examples: peaceful transition in South Africa (still the most astounding story of the post WWII period), the amazing success of Cambodians, Laotians and especially Vietnamese in the US, our integration of so many cultures and nations generally (far from perfect, but nowhere else does this happen). Just spent some days at a waterpark with my kids: 60% anglo, the rest from everywhere, who noticed?
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John Garrett
Posted over 3 years ago
We spend 3 billion hours a week as a planet playing videogames. Is it worth it? How could it be MORE worth it?
In the modern history of consumer technology, what begins as compulsion ends as a tool. When radio started nobody could get enough of it: now we use it for what we want. Same for most of us with TV. When we started the commercial Internet in the early '90's, we spent all our time emailing and waiting for downloads: now, email has a key but not exclusive role in the rapid communications toolkit, and so does the telephone. I predict the same thing is already happening with Facebook and Twitter, and will happen with the newer group building social media. As for gaming, I'd expect the same: from compulsion to tool for -- not sure what -- One thing we do know: whatever the kids who are now 4 will be doing when they're sixteen, it won't be facebook or twitter.
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John Garrett
Posted over 3 years ago
We spend 3 billion hours a week as a planet playing videogames. Is it worth it? How could it be MORE worth it?
Is there anyone out there except me who finds games boring and "work" fun? Real satisfaction, I find, derives from building value long term that contributes significantly to enhancing people's lives -- not people in the abstract, but people I know, can see, talk to, care about. That's what I do for what people call work. I do occasionally take a few minute game break, mostly to shift my concentration from longer term to shorter term, and it's OK, but not in any sense fun. The question for me for people who spend lots of time gaming, on facebook, etc., is, why? Have you tried all the other ways of testing your mind and body, of love and friendship, and have they failed for you? Or is that exactly what you're avoiding?
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John Garrett
Posted over 3 years ago
A conversation with GE: What are the best ideas for alternative energy management at home?
The key question is, how do you get most people, who care about energy as a cost but not as an issue, to participate in intelligent energy use? Simplicity -- do whatever but don't ever let the hot water run out in my shower -- and financial gain. Pay me to participate with a portion of the utilities' savings on energy costs, and I'm there. Ask me because it's good for me, my community, the environment - and I'm not. Make it complicated, make me make lots of choices about stuff I don't understand, and we'll all just keep talking to each other while most folks go on the way they always have.
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John Garrett
Posted over 3 years ago
What's the overlooked gem, the book I haven't read that I must?
Discovering Anne Carson's poetry and prose a few years ago was a miracle for me - Autobiography of Red is the most powerful long poem since The Wasteland, and her essays are astounding. Her integration of her lifetime of investigation of the Greek classics and her own poetic sensability are unique: read one page and if you're like me you're hooked forever.