Monday, August 27, 2012

Sherry Turkle--Connected, but alone?

Sherry Turkle has been writing about social interaction in the digital age for the last 30 years. Many  of her texts have become required reading for graduate students in new media, digital rhetoric, and communication. Turkle poses a simple question, do our technological devices actually make us less social?

The following video was recorded in Feb. 2012 for TED. Dr. Turkle and TED Conferences, LLC., maintain all copyrights.

Here is a more detailed blurb from her faculty profile at MIT:

"Sherry Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Professor Turkle received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist.

Professor Turkle is the author of Psychoanalytic Politics: Jacques Lacan and Freud's French Revolution (Basic Books, 1978; MIT Press paper, 1981; second revised edition, Guilford Press, 1992); The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (Simon and Schuster, 1984; Touchstone paper, 1985; second revised edition, MIT Press, 2005); Life on the Screen:  Identity in the Age of the Internet (Simon and Schuster, 1995; Touchstone paper, 1997); and Simulation and Its Discontents (MIT Press, 2009). She is the editor of three books about things and thinking, all published by the MIT Press: Evocative Objects: Things We Think With (2007);Falling for Science: Objects in Mind (2008); and The Inner History of Devices (2008).
Professor Turkle's most recent book is Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, published by Basic Books in January 2011. For media inquiries, go to:

Professor Turkle writes on the "subjective side" of people's relationships with technology, especially computers. She is an expert on mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics. Profiles of Professor Turkle have appeared in such publications as The New York TimesScientific American, and Wired Magazine. She has been named "woman of the year" byMs. Magazine and among the "forty under forty" who are changing the nation by EsquireMagazine. She is a featured media commentator on the social and psychological effects of technology for CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the BBC, and NPR, including appearances on such programs as NightlineFrontline20/20, and The Colbert Report."

1 comment:

  1. How interesting! That simple question, "do our technological devices actually make us less social?" is along the same lines the topic I am researching currently. Instead of the technological devices themselves, I want to know how the largest social network Facebook is not necessarily making us more unsocial, but more crazy. What is the definition of this craziness, in other words, the normal vs. abnormal use of or actions on Facebook? Like the cultural anxiety of technological devices making us unsocial, what is the extent of this cultural anxiety of normal vs. abnormal behavior on Facebook?