This is where we’ll post comments, discuss and even argue about Sherry Turkle’s book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, during Fall semester 2012, as part of UAS Ketchikan’s One Ketchikan One Book project. We want to hear from you!
Turkle’s book brings up a variety of issues that many people around the country, and even around the world, are thinking about and talking about, and maybe you’ve been thinking about them too. Let’s get started!
Alone Together is divided into two sections: Part One is called “The Robotic Moment” and discusses robots going back to the 1970s, both sociable robots given to children for play, as well as more advanced ones found in laboratories, and finally on to those being developed for use in elder care. Part Two, beginning on page 151, and called “Networked”, will be the focus of our discussions at UAS Ketchikan during the Fall semester. “Networked” is the story not only of the positives of what the Internet and our online lives have brought us, but what the negatives may be, as revealed by Turkle’s interviews with users of today’s technology. Are texting and Facebook causing us to have fewer face to face conversations? (Did you know that the average teenager sends over 3,000 texts a month?) Me neither. When do they have the time?
Posted by Librarian Kathleen Wiechelman