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David McGavock

"Alone Together": An MIT Professor's New Book Urges Us to Unplug | Fast Company - 0 views

  • I think there are ways in which we're constantly communicating and yet not making enough good connections, in a way that's to our detriment, to the detriment of our families and to our business organizations
  • We're not necessarily putting our investment in the ties that bind; we're putting our investment in the ties that preoccupy.
  • t's just something we need to learn to use when most appropriate, powerful, and in our best interest.
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  • if you don't learn how to be alone, you'll always be lonely, that loneliness is failed solitude.
  • capacity for generative solitude is very important for the creative process,
  • I think it's that place for hope and change and the new, and what can be different, and how things can be what they're not now. And I think we all want that.
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    Her new book, Alone Together, completes a trilogy of investigations into the ways humans interact with technology. It can be, at times, a grim read. Fast Company spoke recently with Turkle about connecting, solitude, and how that compulsion to always have your BlackBerry on might actually be hurting your company's bottom line.
David McGavock

Sherry Turkle - 0 views

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    "Sherry Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Professor Turkle received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist.

    Professor Turkle is the author of Psychoanalytic Politics: Jacques Lacan and Freud's French Revolution (Basic Books, 1978; MIT Press paper, 1981; second revised edition, Guilford Press, 1992); The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (Simon and Schuster, 1984; Touchstone paper, 1985; second revised edition, MIT Press, 2005); Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet (Simon and Schuster, 1995; Touchstone paper, 1997); and Simulation and Its Discontents (MIT Press, 2009). She is the editor of three books about things and thinking, all published by the MIT Press: Evocative Objects: Things We Think With (2007); Falling for Science: Objects in Mind (2008); and The Inner History of Devices (2008). "
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