Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

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Basic Books, 2012 - Psychology - 360 pages
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Consider Facebook--it's human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them. In "Alone Together," MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It's a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for--and sacrificing--in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today's self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity.
  

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Review: Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

User Review  - Paige - Goodreads

Sigh. This book. Great title, great subtitle, I wish the content had delivered. Unfortunately I am no closer to telling you why we expect more from technology & less from each other than I was before ... Read full review

Review: Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

User Review  - Audrey Babkirk - Goodreads

If I had to pick two descriptors for this book, I'd say "thought-provoking" and "stone-cold chilling." As for the first part of that, I found myself alternately highlighting brilliant pieces and ... Read full review

Contents

PART
18
IN INTIMACY NEW SOLITUDES
151
No Need to Call
187
Reduction and Betrayal 21 1
211
True Confessions
229
The Nostalgia of the Young
265
Notes
307
Index
349
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About the author (2012)

Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzť Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT. She is frequently interviewed in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, on NBC News, and more. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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