ATG Book of the Week: Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

by | Apr 23, 2012 | 0 comments

 Title: Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Author: Sherry Turkle
ISBN: Softcover: 9780465031467 ; Hardcover: 9780465010219
Price:Softcover: $16.99; Hardcover: $28.95
Imprint: New York: Basic Books, 2011

“In Alone 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…”

“In this beautifully written, provocative and worrying book, Turkle, a professor at MIT, a clinical psychologist and, perhaps, the world’s leading expert on the social and psychological effects of technology, argues that internet use has as much power to isolate and destroy relationships as it has to bring us together.”—Financial Times

“Turkle’s prescient book makes a strong case that what was meant to be a way to facilitate communications has pushed people closer to their machines and further away from each other.”—Publishers Weekly

“Alarming…Turkle is not a luddite, nor is Alone Together a salvo in some analogue counter-reformation. But it does add to a growing body of cyber-sceptic literature.” —Observer (UK)

“Highly recommended.” —Choice

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