Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age Author Sherry Turkle
ISBN-10 0143109790
ISBN-13 9780143109792
Year 2016-10-04
Pages 448
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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Renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships creativity and productivityand why reclaiming face to face conversation can help us regain lost ground We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection Preeminent author and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture for over thirty years Long an enthusiast for its possibilities here she investigates a troubling consequence at work at home in politics and in love we find ways around conversation tempted by the possibilities of a text or an email in which we dont have to look listen or reveal ourselves We develop a taste for what mere connection offers The dinner table falls silent as children compete with phones for their parents attention Friends learn strategies to keep conversations going when only a few people are looking up from their phones At work we retreat to our screens although it is conversation at the water cooler that increases not only productivity but commitment to work Online we only want to share opinions that our followers will agree with a politics that shies away from the real conflicts and solutions of the public square The case for conversation begins with the necessary conversations of solitude and self reflection They are endangered these days always connected we see loneliness as a problem that technology should solve Afraid of being alone we rely on other people to give us a sense of ourselves and our capacity for empathy and relationship suffers We see the costs of the flight from conversation everywhere conversation is the cornerstone for democracy and in business it is good for the bottom line In the private sphere it builds empathy friendship love learning and productivity But there is good news we are resilient Conversation cures Based on five years of research and interviews in homes schools and the workplace Turkle argues that we have come to a better understanding of where our technology can and cannot take us and that the time is right to reclaim conversation The most humanand humanizingthing that we do The virtues of person to person conversation are timeless and our most basic technology talk responds to our modern challenges We have everything we need to start we have each other

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