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Alone Together : Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other,9780465010219

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

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9780465010219

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0465010210
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Hardcover
Pub. Date:
1/11/2011
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Perseus Books Group
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Summary

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.InAlone 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.

Author Biography

Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé 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.

Table of Contents

Author's Note: Turning Pointsp. ix
Introduction: Alone Togetherp. 1
The Robotic Moment: In Solitude, New Intimacies
Nearest Neighborsp. 23
Alive Enoughp. 35
True Companionsp. 53
Enchantmentp. 67
Complicitiesp. 83
Love's Labor Lostp. 103
Communionp. 127
Networked: In Intimacy, New Solitudes
Always Onp. 151
Growing Up Tetheredp. 171
No Need to Callp. 187
Reduction and Betrayalp. 211
True Confessionsp. 229
Anxietyp. 241
The Nostalgia of the Youngp. 265
Conclusion: Necessary Conversationsp. 279
Epilogue: The Letterp. 297
Notesp. 307
Indexp. 349
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