Dear Digital Daniel,
In our lit class today, you accused me of being a technophobe because none of the literature that I have assigned for you to read and analyze has dealt with the problems of changes in society due to current technology of the internet/social networking, a topic you seem very passionate about.
Had the internet been a concern for the 17th-century individual, I can assure you I would have included those stories and poems in the lecture, because: (1) it would have been amazing how they could predict the future, and (2) it would have shut you up about how much of a technophobe I am for not including such works in class this quarter. I understand that your 'mission' is to call out the Luddites on campus who are still using overhead projectors and requiring students to hand write their notes, but please take a moment to consider the logic of your request that I stop being a technophobe by adding more literature to the course that deals with technology.
Given that this course is an overview of history and literature from the 16th and 17th century in Asia, I am fairly certain I cannot accommodate your request. I hope you realize that the four hours spent in meetings based on your formal complaint about my "technophobia"--first with my chair, then with my dean, and then with your 'Up-with-Technology' student group on campus--has made me even more sensitive to the experiences of the 21st-century technologically savvy student community on our campus. Alas, however, despite all of the time spent in these meetings, I still cannot capitulate by including any literature written by the 16th and 17th century writer on the topic of the internet, video games, or changes wrought by social media because it does not exist.
The Contemplative Cynic