Hamlet's Blackberry

Hamlet's Blackberry

A Practical Philosophy for Building A Good Life in the Digital Age

Book - 2010
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"A soulful polemic that challenges the sacred dogma of the digital age--that the more we connect with others, the happier we are--arguing that as our electronic connectedness grows, we are pulled away from the relationships and experiences that give life texture, depth, and meaning"--
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2010.
ISBN: 9780061687167
0061687162
Characteristics: xv, 267p. ;,22 cm.

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tjdickey
Nov 03, 2017

To be connected or not to be connected; that is the question.
Powers' important goal is to teach us how to reach the proper Depth of human living while retaining the benefits of our screens and digital tools. This conundrum applies to our personal lives, our relationships, and our work time (28% of work time lost to digital distraction??) in equal measure. Powers' answer is not just to disconnect, but to create the gaps in which we can breathe, and the gaps "where thoughts, feelings, and relationships take root;" his compelling narrative takes through a number of points in history when deep thinkers (from Plato to Ben Franklin to Marshall McLuhan) have considered questions of balance between the inner life and life in a crowd, in every case as mediated by changes in technology.
The author spent many years as a prominent journalist and now works at the MIT Media Lab.

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AndrewRossLibrary
May 01, 2015

Relevant read as to why we look around and see nothing but humans staring into screens and what to do about it!

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