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MIT professor Sherry Turkle tackles the precarious balance between isolation and connectivity introduced by the growth of social networking technologies.

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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.

"Turkle's prescient book makes a strong case that what was meant to be a way to facilitate communications has pushed people closer to their machines and further away from each other." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Turkle emphasizes personal stories from computer gadgetrys front lines, which keeps her prose engaging and her message to the human speciesto restrain ourselves from becoming technologys willing slaves instead of its guiding masters loud and clear." ---Booklist

"Turkle's findings are engaging and her conclusions thoughtful (she's been called 'Margaret Mead in cyberspace')." ---Library Journal

"Merlington serves as an excellent narrator with a matter-of-fact tone and a keen sense for when to use a deliberate pace. . . . [and] keeps a fine balance that will engage listeners." ---AudioFile
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Alone Together

Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

Author Sherry Turkle

Narrated by Laural Merlington

Publication date May 10, 2011

Running time 15 hrs

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