Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sherry Turkle’s ‘Reclaiming Conversation’ - The New York Times

Final paragraph from a Jonathan Franzen review of Sherry Turkle's latest book

"It’s tempting to correlate the rise of “digital democracy” with steeply rising levels of income inequality; to see more than just an irony. But maybe the erosion of humane values is a price that most people are willing to pay for the “costless” convenience of Google, the comforts of Facebook and the reliable company of iPhones. The appeal of “Reclaiming Conversation” lies in its evocation of a time, not so long ago, when conversation and privacy and nuanced debate weren’t boutique luxuries. It’s not Turkle’s fault that her book can be read as a handbook for the privileged. She’s addressing a middle class in which she herself grew up, invoking a depth of human potential that used to be widespread. But the middle, as we know, is disappearing."
Sherry Turkle’s ‘Reclaiming Conversation’ - The New York Times
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