You won’t go wrong reading the entire review, but in the interest of brevity I am herewith sharing the author’s final paragraph. It’s a couple days old. Sorry
An MIT professor and psychologist argues our modern wired lifestyle is damaging us and our relationships, but she may be a bit premature
January 16, 2011
But, suppose human nature is more malleable than her psychological model allows. Suppose the Internet is devising a self that is social in new ways that include intimacy, but that also find real human value in thinly spread connections. Turkle’s observations raise disturbing issues, but her theoretical framework so colors her conclusions that, although her book will spark useful debate, it settles less than she seems to think. The changes our technology is bringing are challenging our conceptual frameworks for understanding those changes, including the psychological standpoint Turkle takes as secure.
David Weinberger is a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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