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Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (May 10 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452651914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452651910
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,129,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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 Starred Review

About the Author

Sherry Turkle is a professor of technology and society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of several books, including Alone Together and simulation and Its Discontents.

Laural Merlington has recorded well over one hundred audiobooks and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards, including one for Never Say Die by Susan Jacoby.


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Format: Hardcover
After reading Jaron Lanier's "You are not a gadget" and Kevin Kelly's "What does technology want" it was a pleasant if eerie
surprise to read this text. It documents and describes our civilization's romance with technologies we barely understand. It gives fair warning of the roads we are on and a last longing look back on a time when we inhabited our bodies. As a recovered netzien I was relieved but saddened by the book, I don't have much hope that we as a species will moderate out disengagement from each other, but you never know..
A must read while you can...
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This is the story of us. At first, its about us in relation to robots, which is not yet a day-to-day experience of mind, and a narrative I found somewhat irrelevant, although interesting. Eventually though, we get to the madness of the modern day world, people married to Facebook, texting, online gaming etc etc. Turkle tackles these questions head on with all the philosophical and psychological resources she can muster, and the result is quite respectable. Don't call it addiction when it is our love for these tools that compels us to keep them busy no matter what else in life is calling us.

Turkle uses stories about the various people she has interviewed and observed, and it is through this layering of story that she makes her case. I find her to be a most excellent and worthy guide.
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Given the unquestioning love affair that our world seems to have with the newest technologies this is an important book for everyone to read. Asking ourselves the questions about the ways our technologies are impacting us and especially our children. Sherry Turkle gives fair warning to the real dangers us humanity losing itself. The second half of the book generally confirms what she writes in the first half with media mirroring what is happening in our attitudes towards the roles we are increasingly giving to robotic devices. Just ask the question: "Do I need it, or do I love it?"
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Intelligent, well documented. Gives profound insight on the changes resulting from advances in technologies. Should be read by all who desire to understand future challenges.
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