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26 June 2012

iStuff - Creating a New Kind of Mental Purgatory

David Gelernter's "Make It a Summer Without iStuff"

Minds need rest and work. They rest when you let them wander freely—go where they please, perch where they like. They work when there is a dangling mental rope for them to grasp hard and climb. But the iWorld fails to supply the child-mind with either of these basic needs. These fancy digital toys create a new kind of mental purgatory instead.

What do we need for a creative mind?

Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad -- Read! Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.
-William Faulkner

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