Computers, video, radio, printing presses, synthesizers, fax machines, tape recorders, photocopiers–these things make good toys, but terrible addictions. Finally we realize we cannot “ reach out and touch someone” who is not present in the flesh. These media may be useful to our art–but they must not possess us, nor must they stand between, mediate, or separate us from our animal/animate selves. We want to control our media, not be Controlled by them.
You can’t get sick from too much knowledge–but we can suffer from the virtualization of knowledge, its alienation from us & its replacement by a weird dull changeling or simulacrum– the same “data,” yes, but now dead–like supermarket vegetables; no “aura.”