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you from A to Z; Imagination will take you everywhere (Heather 43).” Similarly, Jesuit universities insist that all its students explore on the power of imagination. The indispensability of imagination cannot be emphasized any further as Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, SJ, Superior General of the Jesuits, does. Unfortunately, the damning reality is that globalization, social media and the general instant communication have served much as a deterrent to reflection and critical thinking than benefit. In this paper, I present some of the way in which information and technology have discourage imagination (National Research Council 15).
The era of social media took preeminence in the late 20th century, hence making virtually every person to be a loyal subscriber to either Facebook or twitter, or both. The implication of this is that information is readily available at the press of a button or a tap on a touch screen of an internet enable gadget. If one is faced with a mind boggling concept, thousands of solutions are readily available in the internet. All that is needed is typing “key terms” on a browser and wait for the results to display. As such, millions of brains are “saved” from the need of imagination (National Research Council 19).
Practicing imagination demands for an environment that is both quiet and free from any sort of distraction. Unfortunately, the idea of being in possession of an internet-enabled device in one’s pocket is enough reason to hamper imagination process. Albert Einstein foresaw the impacts of technology and asserted that a time is coming when technology would surpass human understanding and make them idiots. Probably, this is the era (Heather 43). Most people have become accustomed to their mobile devices such as they spend most of their time in the internet. A random check would certainly reveal that majority of them are either in twitter or Facebook. Little, if any, time is given to the process of self-reflection and
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