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What made the experience of listening to Reclaiming Conversation the most enjoyable?
I thought I was buying an audio book about conversation (hints for conversation starters at parties, etc.). That was my mistake. This book details how families, parents, teens, young adults are so distracted by phones and apps that they can't have a face to face conversation. I liked hearing how families are dealing with the digital onslaught.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Couldn't take it anymore. It is a long book and I really didn't want to hear anymore about families and couples that fight, eat dinner, spend time with each other while constantly being on their phones. I hate to see it in real life and so found it too irritating to listen to for the whole book.
Have you listened to any of Kirsten Potter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
I can't believe families have fights on text, group text apps. I am worried about us.
Any additional comments?
Ugh. In a way I guess I am glad to know this info, but I really wish I didn't.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
While I typically enjoy writings such as these, I found this book to be incredibly obvious and horribly redundant chapter to chapter. The message and information contained is both important and practical, but was drawn out to 50+ chapters in what could have just as easily been fully elucidated in more concise form.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I found this to be a very repetitive book with a few really compelling points. Turkle seems to buy into the premise that Autism is about a lack of empathy in her statements that our love for technology is turning the next generation into a bunch of autistics. The same goes with her statements about engineers as administrators. I find that and her comments about 'normal' social interactions to be off-putting. What I like is the evidence she provides that our addiction to our devices are making meaningful connection more difficult. And I will also implement some of her suggestions as a friend, partner, teacher, and colleague.