Saturday, June 5, 2010
I just watched this talk on TED and it really got me fired up about my topic. Stefana Broadbent is a cognitive scientist at University College who studies the way "our social habits and relationships function and mutate in the digital age". I really like the phrase she used, "democratization of intimacy", in her talk, because it seems so oxymoronic.
And isn't that what metaphysical poetry is all about? John Donne was the master of the metaphysical conceit, or pairing together two seemingly unrelated things in a metaphor. Pairing together the words "democratization" and "intimacy" seems impossible, but through research like Stefana Broadbent's, we know that this phenomenon is happening.
I think this even ties into my post (and thesis) about how technology has made the metaphysical become physical. They're two ideas that seem contradictory, but upon closer study are really fundamentally linked. And this is all thanks to technology. Linking together John Donne and social networking might seem totally off-base, but I think his poetry presents an interesting metaphor for relationships in the digital age. I'd like to think he'd even be proud to see such a tenuous metaphysical conceit.
Posted by Amanda at 7:31 PM