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By 2012 TED Talks had been viewed more than 1 billion times online.This TEDx conference features 15 speakers and performers from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, George, Jeffrey’s Bay, Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth.TEDx Port Elizabeth continues on from TEDx NMMU (2012) and TEDx Summerstrand (2013), both organised by students from NMMU.TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) started in 1984 in California as an elite conference for visionaries and innovators.“I often think of Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World in which people have multiple casual sexual partners.The internet is very much like that, where people have all these virtual relationships even though they don’t really care about the other person they are interacting with.” What is most disturbing, he says, is that people seem to be regressing in terms of their emotional maturity.
“At interval the man tried to make a point that the object was to listen to the comedian and enjoy the experience.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook may have lost points on the New York Stock Exchange last year, but it would take a brave man to bet against him dominating the markets as he has done computers and cellphones across the globe.
Yet while there is little disputing their cultural and economic relevance, for leading South African online behaviour expert Ramon Thomas Facebook and Twitter are increasingly facilitating the “regression” of people’s emotional maturity, Thomas, whose expertise in web-based trends has earned him appearances on Carte Blanche, CNBC Africa, 3Talk, news and Special Assignment, contends “the lines between the real and virtual world” have become so blurred that people are no longer making an effort in actual human relationships.
That is the difference between the real and virtual worlds, and it is important to get the balance right.” Certainly Thomas does raise a number of excellent points that unfortunately avid social networkers rarely pause to consider.
Any visit to the local shopping mall will reveal that the connectedness that one used to encounter among laughing friends or between couples as they enjoy a bite to eat has been divided by a type of technological barrier as those around the table tweet everything while saying nothing to one another.