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Life on the Screen

Life on the Screen
Sherry Turkle

November 30th, 1995

Literature & Fiction

Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (18 votes)

Released: 1995-11-30

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Life on the Screen by Sherry Turkle


Life on the Screenis a book not about computers, but about people and how computers are causing us to reevaluate our identities in the age of the Internet. We are using life on the screen to engage in new ways of thinking about evolution, relationships, politics, sex, and the self. Life on the Screen traces a set of boundary negotiations, telling the story of the changing impact of the computer on our psychological lives and our evolving ideas about minds, bodies, and machines. What is emerging, Turkle says, is a new sense of identity– as decentered and multiple. She describes trends in computer design, in artificial intelligence, and in people's experiences of virtual environments that confirm a dramatic shift in our notions of self, other, machine, and world. The computer emerges as an object that brings postmodernism down to earth.

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May well be the first ethnographic study of the “computer world”…She has assembled a wealth of fascinating observations … has conducted a far more thorough investigation than had been carried out before, and has written about her conclusions in a clear and lively way. –Howard Gardner, The New York Times Book Review

Book Details

Author: Sherry Turkle Publisher: Simon & Schuster Binding: Hardcover Language: English Pages: 352

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