IDEAS THAT MATTER Salon Series: Plato and Technology Addiction

Monday, October 1, 2018 at 8:00pm to 10:00pm

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USC Village, McCarthy MPR 1501

No RSVP required | All are welcome | Free Snacks

Join Dr. Patience Moll for a conversation with special guest Kendra Atkin, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Ph.D. Candidate & T.O. Writing Instructor.

Smart phones, tablets, Snapchat, Instagram, the Internet – digital media connects us to the world, but is it also turning our brains into mush? Are concerns about tech addiction well founded or mostly hype, and do they place unfair emphasis on “the younger generation”? How can we remain in control of our devices, when Silicon Valley engineers confess that Facebook was designed to work like an addictive drug?

Current concerns about tech addiction rarely acknowledge their origin in Plato’s two-thousand-year-old description of writing as a powerful but dangerous tool that the Egyptians invented to improve memory. In this salon, we’ll consider Plato’s argument that writing both empowers the mind and weakens it, forcing us to become dependent on this tool. Join us for a rich discussion of the dangers of technology, the relation of technology to the brain, and the way that technology makes us who we are. Students are encouraged to take a look at Plato’s myth about writing here:

Sponsored by the Thematic Option Honors Program & the McCarthy Honors Residential College

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


Philosophy, Dornsife, Thematic Option


Thematic Option


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