First of all, renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity. Also, why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain
Reclaiming Conversation: We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating.
Yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.
In addition, author and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture for over thirty years.
Long an enthusiast for its possibilities, here she investigates a troubling consequence.
At work, at home, in politics, and in love, we find ways around conversation.
We are tempted by the possibilities of a text or an email in which we do not ave to look, listen, or reveal ourselves.
Furthermore, we develop a taste for what mere connection offers. The dinner table falls silent as children
compete with phones for their parents’ attention.
Friends learn strategies to keep conversations going when only a few people are looking up from their phones.
At work, we retreat to our screens although it is conversation at the water cooler that increases not only
productivity but commitment to work.
Online, we only want to share opinions that our followers will agree with.
A politics that shies away from the real conflicts and solutions of the public square.
The case for conversation begins with the necessary conversations of solitude and self-reflection.
They are endangered: these days, always connected, we see loneliness as a problem that technology should solve.
Afraid of being alone, we rely on other people to give us a sense of ourselves, and our capacity for empathy and relationship suffers.
We see the costs of the flight from conversation everywhere.
Conversation is the cornerstone for democracy and in business it is good for the bottom line.
In the private sphere, it builds empathy, friendship, love, learning, and productivity.
But there is good news. We are resilient. Conversation cures.
Finally, based on five years of research and interviews in homes, schools, and the workplace, Turkle argues that we have come to a better understanding of where our technology can and cannot take us. That the time is right to reclaim conversation. The most human and humanizing thing that we do.
The virtues of person-to-person conversation are timeless.
Our most basic technology, talk, responds to our modern challenges.
In conclusion, we have everything, we need to start, we have each other.
About the Author – Sherry Turkle
Sherry Turkle was born on 18 June 1948, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Education: Harvard University (1976)
Known for: Social Studies of Science and Technology
Ex-spouses: Seymour Papert, Ralph Willard
Awards: Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences, US & Canada
Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Wikipedia
Turkle studies the relationship between people and technology.
How does technology change our ways of seeing ourselves and the world.
There is all that technology does for us, but there is all that technology does to us as people.
How does it affect how our children grow up? How we relate to each other?