Valibrarian Gregg presented the basic premises of Sherry Turkle's book, "Reclaiming Conversation" and led a discussion of librarians and educators as we examined communication in the digital age. In her book Turkle makes the case that reliance on digital technology has led to people feeling less empathy and less a sense of connection with others. She examined conversation and communication amongst digital natives and conducted interviews with them. She suggests that much of what makes us human is lost because we've replaced face-to-face conversation with digital, electronic communication.
|Scooped by Dr. Doris Molero|
Dr. Doris Molero's insight:
Turkle, a clinical psychologist, has been writing about human relationships in the digital age for a while now. She is a technology insider (she holds an endowed chair at M.I.T.), who has changed her mind about the role technology should play in people's lives. She presents her findings as a call to arms that it's time for people to reassert themselves and put technology back in it's proper perspective. She makes a good case for setting limits on digital technology and taking a look at the value of face-to-face conversations and real human contact.