Hamlet's Blackberry

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

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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."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 267 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061687170
  • 9780061687174
  • 56,590

Review quote

Benjamin Franklin would love this book. He knew the power of being connected, but also how this must be balanced by moments of reflection. William Powers offers a practical guide to Socrates path to the good life in which our outward and inward selves are at one. --Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein: His Life and Universe and Benjamin Franklin: An American Life"show more

Review Text

"[An] elegant meditation on our obsessive connectivity and its effect on our brains and our very way of life." Laurie Winer, New York Times Book Reviewshow more