Consider Facebook - it's human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them.
In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It's a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for - and sacrificing - in a world of electronic companions and social-networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today's self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity.
"Turkle's prescient book makes a strong case that what was meant to be a way to facilitate communications has pushed people closer to their machines and further away from each other." (Publishers Weekly)
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- Robert Connett
The narrator not sounding like Siri or any other virtual assistant. I want to listen to a book that doesn't sound depressing — after all, this one isn't SUPPOSED to be.
She sounds like a machine reading a script she's tired of. I cannot stress this enough: do not buy the audiobook. If you have a soul, it will take the meaning of the book and turn it into something completely disheartening. The book is meant to tell us about something we need to fix, not make us feel terrible about the problem. Merlington's voice does not embody the former, but instead incorporates the latter in a most annoying manner. I couldn't listen to more than half an hour without going crazy and deleting it.
The book is fine; the audiobook is rubbish. I would like to hear someone else read it, but there are no other choices at the moment.
Don't buy it unless you want to listen to a robot read you something. It's neither pleasant nor fulfilling.
- Jacob Penderworth