Consider Facebook-it's human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them.
In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It's a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for-and sacrificing-in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today's self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity.
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"Laural Merlington proves her worth in narrating Turkle's book as she delivers the voices of the elderly, children, and robots in addition to her narrative voice. The book discusses the problematic relationship contemporary culture has with its technology as many of us choose to opt in for interactions via technological interface and opt out of direct personal interactions. The research presented will lead listeners to rethink their relationships with computers and, one hopes, with humans. Merlington serves as an excellent narrator with a matter-of-fact tone and a keen sense for when to use a deliberate pace. As the book's content ranges from detailed philosophical concepts to children's exuberant remarks about robotic toys, Merlington keeps a fine balance that will engage listeners. L.E. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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