the death of discourse

in my last post, i lamented the death of intimate discourse at the hands of technology.  i argue that we (society) have lost something fundamental and necessary–something we will soon discover we are unable to live without. in “alone together,” sherry turkle writes, “Today’s adolescents have no less need than those of previous generations to learn empathetic skills,…

alone together – intimacy

i am (very gradually) working my way through the fascinating book by anthropologist, clinical psychologist, and professor of the social studies of science at m.i.t., sherry turkle called “alone together.”  i am not making an attempt at a review, i simply want to share a few salient thoughts. and thereby bolster my long-standing argument. regular visitors to this…

alone together – oblivious

continuing comments on “alone together,” the insightful and disturbing book by m.i.t. professor, sherry turkle… in the section entitled, “the new state of self: tethered and marked absent,” turkle bemoans the common experience of being around someone on their cell phone who acts as though the rest of us are “absent”…as if we don’t exist.…