And instead it was about teenagers complaining about their parents.
Some people have said, “I don’t understand why she ends the book on this cautiously optimistic note after telling me these depressing stories.’’ The reason I’m cautiously optimistic is that these parents realize that it’s not working.
This book describes the unsettling relationships between people and the misunderstanding of privacy, community, intimacy, and solitude.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the advancement in communication technology (e.g.
How is it that you began to focus on the relationships between humans and technology? Coming out of Harvard trained as a clinician and a social scientist, MIT seemed a perfect place to look at some new kinds of ideas about the mind that were based on computation. But as I was studying this fairly academic problem, something dramatic happened. People used to go to the computer building to put in their punch cards or whatever they did in the computer building.
In my first couple of weeks at MIT, I noticed the intensity of people's relationships with their computers. I never saw people in relationship to this technology, I saw people using it to do instrumental things.
Medium-theory, proposed by Joshua Meyrowitz, author of No Sense of Place, affirms that technologically-mediated communication is a sui generis context that exists outside and is opposed to ordinary individuals.
Or, according to Sherry Turkle, our sense of self and deeper understanding of our own ego is shaped by our own image as seen on a computer screen (The Second Self and Life on the Screen).
One would look at the unique role technologies play in altering and shaping our experiences.
texting, chatrooms) as hinted by Sherry Turkle and real-life examples? " that there are both advantages and disadvantages to the revolution in communication technology that has occurred with the advent of the Internet and high-bandwidth network infrastructure.
Throughout the text, Turkle makes reference to the way in which creating new identities in MUDs can potentially help an individual improve themselves in real life; this point seems to be the major benefit derived from the existence of Internet-based communication media.
I’m grateful that the book is a big part of the conversation. It’s a popular metaphor, and it’s an inaccurate metaphor.
There’s a perception that I don’t like technology anymore. We’re supposed to make it work for us according to our human values. I didn’t spend my time writing this book so you could figure out if I like technology or not. The question is, are you using this technology in a way that serves your purpose? It’s not something that you can completely get rid of. You can’t be in school and get your assignments without a computer. All this addiction talk just makes people feel hopeless.