One of the explicit criticisms of computers and mobile phones I have mad for years is that they miniaturise our physical world; they reduce it to the area format of a bright screen. The apocalyptic, colossal loss for human beings reduced to sitting in front of and staring at screens is that we lose our instinct for freedom (Nietzsche called it "instincts of freedom").
That is the larger sense of this piece by Ross Douthat at the NYT.
Seeing America gives you hope for America. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have eight more hours in a crowded minivan ahead.