Monday, January 17, 2011

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Alone Together - An Important New Book by Sherry Turkle

Excerpt from a review of Sherry Turkle’s new book

[…] I was most deeply engaged by the second part of the narrative: the role of technology in diluting our personal relationships while seeming to enrich and expand them. Her message is simple:  the very technologies that seem to offer more flexibility and scale in connecting with others – texting, online social networks and discussion forums – actually undermine the richness required for true intimacy to develop. While enhancing the appearance of intimacy, we are actually becoming more isolated and alone. There appears to be a Gresham’s Law of communication: weak forms of communication, left unchecked, can drive out strong forms over time.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Alone Together - An Important New Book by Sherry Turkle

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