Christmas Gadgets

Christmas GadgetsAll joking aside. It isn’t easy, but I’ll try. Technology doesn’t always represent progress. It just thinks it does. Gadgets inspire an astounding degree of self-indulgence. They make you believe you have 5,000 friends, when you’re lucky to have 5. They let you swear at the president and the pope, without them knowing who you are. They let you taunt, abuse, flatter, worship, preen, boast, and whine. And all from the comfort of your own bedroom, sofa, restroom, cubicle, or tram. But Christmas, the holiday season, isn’t about you. It’s about family and togetherness and shared experiences. At least that’s what all the adverts tell me. Yet some people will spend Christmas all alone. Perhaps they have no family left. Perhaps they have fallen out with their families to such a degree that nothing can be repaired.

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit


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