We are HUGE fans of Sherry Turkle around The Cryptosphere: her book The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit, which discusses the ways in which personal computers serve as personal portraits, as autobiography, belongs on every bookshelf. And, yes, every Kindle, too.
We’ve been fans since we saw her as a grad student, opening for Carl Sagan (and billed as “and other speakers” if we recall). Couldn’t tell you what Sagan said, but I can still quote from Turkle’s presentation that day, the presentation that, fleshed out, became The Second Self.
If anyone is qualified to discuss our relationship to our devices and what that says about our relationship to each other, it’s Sherry Turkle. Enjoy this long read from LONGREADS, just in time to publicize her new book Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.
Sherry Turkle studies how we relate to our devices, and thinks it’s high time we start talking to each other again.