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Reclaiming Conversation
Author: Sherry Turkle

ISBN: 9781101980460
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 436
Published: 1 February 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4 x 2.7
Description:
We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating and yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection. We turn away from each other and toward our phones. We are forever elsewhere. But to empathize, to grow, to love and be loved, to take the measure of ourselves or of another, to fully understand and engage with the world around us, we must be in conversation. It is the most human - and humanizing - thing that we do. Preeminent media researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture and communication for more than thirty years. Long an enthusiast for its possibilities, here she investigates a troubling consequence. Our passion for technology tempts us away from face-to-face conversation, but conversation is a cornerstone for empathy as well as for democracy; it sustains the best in education and in business it is good for the bottom line.

We see the costs of the flight from conversation everywhere. At the dinner table, children compete with phones for their parents' attention. Friends learn new strategies to keep conversations going as their peers raise and lower their eyes to check their phones. At work we retreat to our scr...

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