“Our homes have always existed in the shadow of ‘the other’ and inviting guests has always carried the threat of usurpation. It could be argued that today we are witnessing a new expropriation of our home by ‘teletechnologies’, whose intrusion seriously endangers our ability to feel ‘at home’ in the world. Television, for example, introduces the outside world into our homes at every instant. Our lives are more isolated, more privatized than ever, even as our homes are permanently intruded, at our own choosing, by strangers, by faraway things, by other languages. The feeling of being ‘at home’ is in danger of being eroded forever, as is the distinction between public and private space.
Be warned, technology can give rise to a form of return to oneself and one’s home which we call ‘little nationalism’ whose potential endangers all our societies.”
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