During my Management3.0 course last week, there was a lot of talk about ideal team sizes, ideal company sizes, etc. That then evolved into a discussion on psychological events, group structures, how do we interact with people?
Nadezhda pointed us to "The Innovation of Loneliness". A internet video about how online social networks are replacing personal interaction and reshaping our self image to the point that it might become the biggest social problem humanity is yet to face.
So I did some digging and found that this video is just an exerpt of a TED talk by Sherry Turkle on how social networks have evolved and how they enable social escapism whilst trying to fulfill the basic needs underlying social interaction (and failing at that).
I will not recap the entire video here. I do urge you to watch it; it's an eye opener and a very strong advocate for mindfull use of digital tools. What I will say is this: I am VERY happy to be an Agilista, even more after this video. Although Agile may say "Individual and interactions" because it's simply the most efficient way to get work done, the psychological side effect of actually having personal interactions instead of IM or EMail helps me to achieve my major goal: More fun!
Now go watch those videos!