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By:Christopher Check | May 23, 2012

Apologies to my colleagues for my being slightly contrarian with my first contribution.  I altogether agree with Aaron that a good busstop brawl is better for schoolboys than texting, tweeting, and doubtless things much worse.  Nonetheless, I much prefer Aaron's original phrase, which, let the record show, he coined, "eSlavery", to iDocile.  Docility is a good, indeed it is a virtue (willingness/ability to be taught; from the same root as "doctrine") in short supply these days, perhaps especially among schoolchildren.  St. Thomas says that the enemies of docility are indolence and pride.  The whole paraphernalia and systems of modern communication technology, from iPhones to Facebook, seem to me to cultivate these two vices especially well.

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