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

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

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By (author) Sherry Turkle

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  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 28mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0465031463
  • ISBN 13: 9780465031467
  • Edition statement: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Sales rank: 17,014

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Technology has become the architect of our intimacies. Online, we fall prey to the illusion of companionship, gathering thousands of Twitter and Facebook friends and confusing tweets and wall posts with authentic communication. But, as MIT technology and society specialist Sherry Turkle argues, this relentless connection leads to a new solitude. As technology ramps up, our emotional lives ramp down. Alone Together is the result of Turkle's nearly fifteen-year exploration of our lives on the digital terrain. Based on hundreds of interviews, it describes new unsettling relationships between friends, lovers, parents, and children, and new instabilities in how we understand privacy and community, intimacy, and solitude.

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Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauze 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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Nobody has ever articulated so passionately and intelligently what we're doing to ourselves by substituting technologically mediated social interaction.... Equipped with penetrating intelligence and a sense of humor, Turkle surveys the front lines of the social-digital transformation." --Lev Grossman, TIME