It would be false to argue that modern, industrialized societies are not capable of genocide. Images of concentration camps are still painful. Ethnic cleansing is used as a euphemism to explain crimes against humanity whether they be in Bosnia, Cambodia or Rwanda. How is it that one group can conduct gross violations of human rights against another group to the point of genocide?
An undeniable conclusion from a study of history is that scientific advancement cannot be stopped. It would be foolish to argue that the technological advances made in recent decades have not been worth the effort, but as we age we tend to somewhat long for the good old days. I am a product of the old world and the new. We need to remember that the new technology which surrounds all of us is no more than a tool to help us live more productive lives. It can never replace personal contacts.