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EVALUATIVE ESSAY-"Always on(Chapter 8)" from Alone Together:Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherr
Pages 5 (1255 words)
(your first and last name) (your professor’s name) (your course title) (date of submission) “Always On” Alone Together documents the research of Sherry Turkle, a clinical psychologist and professor at MIT, regarding the relationship between the people of today and the many technological devices keeping them constantly occupied.
She also proposes that technology has made people enjoy leading more than one life and that it has made people adopt the concept of multitasking even more. Finally, Turkle says mobile phones, the Internet and the virtual world have caused people to live their lives in a paradox. I have to partially agree with the author’s position. First I will present a summary of her thesis and then evaluate her ideas. “Always On” of Sherry Turkle’s book Alone Together is presented in five different parts. In the opening paragraphs, the author likens MIT researchers she met in 1996 to cyborgs as they were constantly walking around with their electronic devices. She describes how these young people felt more comfortable around others thanks to the gadgets that were on them. Later in the section, Turkle explains how the generation of today has become ‘cyborg-like’ with their smartphones and technological devices, becoming what used to be considered alien in 1996. In “The New State of the Self: Tethered and Marked Absent”, Turkle (143) explains that people of today cannot be separated from their devices. Everyone is tethered or attached to their lives and activities even if far away from home. Thanks to connectivity through mobile phones and e-mails, people feel at a loss if they are not able to check the Internet or receive text messages. ...
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