You are previewing Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.
O'Reilly logo
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

Book Description

Technology has become the architect of our intimacies. Online, we fall prey to the illusion of companionship, gathering thousands of Twitter and Facebook friends and confusing tweets and wall posts with authentic communication. But, as MIT technology and society specialist Sherry Turkle argues, this relentless connection leads to a new solitude. As technology ramps up, our emotional lives ramp down. Alone Together is the result of Turkle's nearly fifteen-year exploration of our lives on the digital terrain. Based on hundreds of interviews, it describes new unsettling relationships between friends, lovers, parents, and children, and new instabilities in how we understand privacy and community, intimacy, and solitude.

Table of Contents

  1. ALSO BY SHERRY TURKLE
  2. Title Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Epigraph
  5. AUTHOR’S NOTE
  6. Introduction
  7. PART ONE - The Robotic Moment
    1. CHAPTER 1 - Nearest neighbors
      1. LIFE RECONSIDERED
      2. THE TAMAGOTCHI PRIMER
      3. UNFORGETTABLE
    2. CHAPTER 2 - Alive enough
      1. WHAT DOES A FURBY WANT?
      2. OPERATING PROCEDURES
      3. AN ETHICAL LANDSCAPE
      4. FROM THE ROMANTIC REACTION TO THE ROBOTIC MOMENT
    3. CHAPTER 3 - True companions
      1. SPARE PARTS
      2. GROWING UP AIBO
      3. FROM BETTER THAN NOTHING TO BETTER THAN ANYTHING
      4. SIMULTANEOUS VISIONS AND COLD COMFORTS
    4. CHAPTER 4 - Enchantment
      1. FROM MY REAL BABY TO MY REAL BABYSITTER
      2. DON’T WE HAVE PEOPLE FOR THESE JOBS?
      3. RORSCHACH TO RELATIONSHIP
    5. CHAPTER 5 - Complicities
      1. MECHANICAL TODDLERS
      2. BUILDING A “THOU” THROUGH THE BODY
      3. BUILDING A THOU THROUGH A FACE AND A VOICE
      4. BUILDING A THOU BY CARING
      5. BUILDING A THOU IN DISAPPOINTMENT AND ANGER
      6. AGAIN, ON AN ETHICAL TERRAIN
    6. CHAPTER 6 - Love’s labor lost
      1. CARING MACHINES
      2. CURING A LIFE
      3. COACHING AS CURE
      4. “A BEAUTIFUL THING”
      5. “A ROBOT THAT EVEN SHERRY WILL LOVE”
      6. DO ROBOTS CURE CONSCIENCE?
    7. CHAPTER 7 - Communion
      1. A MOMENT OF MORE: THE DANCER AND THE DANCE
      2. A MOMENT OF MORE: MERGING MIND AND BODY
      3. THROUGH THE EYES OF THE ROBOT
      4. CONSIDERING THE ROBOT FOR REAL
  8. PART TWO - Networked
    1. CHAPTER 8 - Always on
      1. THE NEW STATE OF THE SELF: TETHERED AND MARKED ABSENT
      2. THE NEW STATE OF THE SELF: FROM LIFE TO THE LIFE MIX
      3. THE NEW STATE OF THE SELF: MULTITASKING AND THE ALCHEMY OF TIME
      4. FEARFUL SYMMETRIES
    2. CHAPTER 9 - Growing up tethered
      1. DEGREES OF SEPARATION
      2. THE COLLABORATIVE SELF
      3. THE AVATAR OF ME
      4. PRESENTATION ANXIETY
    3. CHAPTER 10 - No need to call
      1. AUDREY: A LIFE ON THE SCREEN
      2. WHAT HAPPENS ON FACEBOOK, STAYS ON ... ?
      3. FINER DISTINCTIONS
      4. OVERWHELMED ACROSS THE GENERATIONS
      5. VOICES
    4. CHAPTER 11 - Reduction and betrayal
      1. SERIOUS PLAY: A SECOND LIFE
      2. LIFE ON THE SCREEN
      3. ADAM
      4. TEMPTATION
    5. CHAPTER 12 - True confessions
      1. VENTING
      2. THE CRUELTY OF STRANGERS
      3. SEEKING COMMUNITIES
      4. AFTER CONFESSION, WHAT?
    6. CHAPTER 13 - Anxiety
      1. RISK MANAGEMENT
      2. WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
      3. HIDE AND STALK
      4. PRIVACY AND THE ANXIETIES OF ALWAYS
      5. PRIVACY HAS A POLITICS
    7. CHAPTER 14 - The nostalgia of the young
      1. ATTENTION
      2. SPONTANEITY
      3. THE PERILS OF PERFORMANCE
      4. WALDEN 2.0
  9. CONCLUSION
  10. EPILOGUE
  11. NOTES
  12. INDEX
  13. Copyright Page