The Journey to Elsewhere, U.S.A.

A professor explains how new technology drastically altered the modern American family unit

New technology, with all of its conveniences, has created a new society called Elsewhere, U.S.A., according to professor Dalton Conley. (morganl / iStockphoto)

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Can’t we just turn off our BlackBerrys? What about free will?

I have heard stories of people who sell the business and pack up and move to rural Maine, and I think it’s interesting that people would do something so drastic. I guess that’s what it takes. But for most of us it’s more about managing these flows than turning back the clock.

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