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

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ISBN-10: 0465031463

ISBN-13: 9780465031467

Edition: 2012

Authors: Sherry Turkle

List price: $22.50
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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.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.
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Book details

List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Sherry Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauz� Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and Founder and Director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. A psychoanalytically trained sociologist and psychologist, she is the author of The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (Twentieth Anniversary Edition, MIT Press), Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet, and Psychoanalytic Politics: Jacques Lacan and Freud's French Revolution. She is the editor of Evocative Objects: Things We Think With, Falling for Science: Objects in Mind, and The Inner History of Devices, all three published by the MIT Press.

Author's Note: Turning Points
Introduction: Alone Together
The Robotic Moment: In Solitude, New Intimacies
Nearest Neighbors
Alive Enough
True Companions
Enchantment
Complicities
Love's Labor Lost
Communion
Networked: In Intimacy, New Solitudes
Always On
Growing Up Tethered
No Need to Call
Reduction and Betrayal
True Confessions
Anxiety
The Nostalgia of the Young
Conclusion: Necessary Conversations
Epilogue: The Letter
Notes
Index