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Hamlet's Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

Hamlet's Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

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By (author) William Powers

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 267 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 20mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 8 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0061687170
  • ISBN 13: 9780061687174
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 37,061

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Our computers and mobile devices do wonderful things for us. But they also impose a burden, making it harder for us to focus, do our best work, build strong relationships, and find the depth and fulfillment we crave. How to solve this problem? Hamlet's BlackBerry argues that we just need a new way of thinking, an everyday philosophy for life with screens. William Powers sets out to solve what he calls the conundrum of connectedness. Reaching into the past--using his own life as laboratory and object lesson--he draws on some of history's most brilliant thinkers, from Plato to Shakespeare to Thoreau, to demonstrate that digital connectedness serves us best when it's balanced by its opposite, disconnectedness. Lively, original, and entertaining, Hamlet's BlackBerry will challenge you to rethink your digital life.

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"In this delightfully accessible book, Powers asks the questions we all "need" to ask in this digitally driven time. And teaches us to answer them for ourselves."--Maryanne Wolf, author of Proust and the Squid