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.
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.
©2011 Sherry Turkle (P)2011 Tantor
"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)
I would recommend this book to anyone who plans on living with computers and their progeny. (That's just about anyone breathing) ESPECIALLY parents of young children and those planning new families. One of the most interesting parts of the book is the effects of technology and high tech toys on children. Another fascinating subject is the effects of Facebook, other social networking sites, and mobile computing devises on teens. This was one of the most informative and interesting books I've read so far this year, (I read 3 or 4 books a week) A very good narrator who kept the story going. Crisp and insightful! Well done, 5 stars!
Turkle's writing is informed not just by AI, not just by psychoanalysis, but also by the relationship of a mother to her daughter in a changing world. Although the narration is flat or even cloying, it is transcended by the power of the narrative itself. Thanks to the author for this gripping listen / read.
I am a fan of the topic, but I have a hard time listening to this book given the reader's voice, tone, and prosody. Since she is reading a book that is in first person, I'm connecting the author with the reader... and drawing a bad impression of the author (unfortunately). I'm fighting it, but it is so automatic.
The narrator not sounding like Siri or any other virtual assistant. I want to listen to a book that doesn't sound depressing — after all, this one isn't SUPPOSED to be.
She sounds like a machine reading a script she's tired of. I cannot stress this enough: do not buy the audiobook. If you have a soul, it will take the meaning of the book and turn it into something completely disheartening. The book is meant to tell us about something we need to fix, not make us feel terrible about the problem. Merlington's voice does not embody the former, but instead incorporates the latter in a most annoying manner. I couldn't listen to more than half an hour without going crazy and deleting it.
The book is fine; the audiobook is rubbish. I would like to hear someone else read it, but there are no other choices at the moment.
Don't buy it unless you want to listen to a robot read you something. It's neither pleasant nor fulfilling.
Total waste of money. The narrator was like a robot. I could only get through the first disc and had to quit. The premise of good but the writing and performance was terrible.
I couldn't begin t finish this audiobook. After a few hours describing how kids played with their Furbee or other electronic toy, I couldn't find any reason to continue. What a waste.
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