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Are We Alone Together?

Professor of the “social studies of science” at M.I.T., Sherry Turkle summarizes her new view with eloquence: “We expect more from technology and less from each other.”

Turkle seems most upset by the banalities of electronic interaction, as our range of expression is constrained by our gadgets and platforms. We aren’t “happy” anymore: we’re simply a semicolon followed by a parenthesis. Instead of talking on the phone, we send a text; instead of writing wistful letters, we edit our Tumblr blog. And yet, as Turkle notes, these trends show no sign of abating, as people increasingly gravitate toward technologies that allow us to interact while inattentive or absent. Our excuse is always the same—we’d love to talk, but there just isn’t time. Send us an e-mail. We’ll get back to you.


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