|aAlone together :|bwhy we expect more from technology and less from each other /|cSherry Turkle.
|aNew York :|bBasic Books,|c2012.
|axvii, 360 p. ;|c21 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 307-348) and index.
|aIn "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.
|aPart 1. The robotic moment: in solitude, new intimacies -- Nearest neighbors -- Alive enough -- True companions -- Enchantment -- Complicities -- Love's labor lost -- Communion -- Part 2. 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.
Technology has become the architect of our intimacies. Online, we fall prey to the illusion of companionship, gathering thousands of Twitter and Facebook friends, and confusing tweets and wall posts with authentic communication. But this relentless connection leads to a new solitude. We turn to new technology to fill the void, but as MIT technology and society specialist Sherry Turkle argues, as technology ramps up, our emotional lives ramp down. Alone Together is the result of Turkle's nearly fifteen-year exploration of our lives on the digital terrain. Based on interviews with hundreds of children and adults, it describes new, unsettling relationships between friends, lovers, parents, and children, and new instabilities in how we understand privacy and community, intimacy and solitude.