77: Reclaiming Conversation
Do kids these days look at their phones all the time because they’ve lost touch with their inner selves, or is the world around them in fact really boring? If you heap up enough observations about a social phenomenon, will an analysis of that phenomenon automatically emerge? Is pop social science just a set of rituals to exorcise anxiety? And what’s so scary about communications technology, anyway?
The Sometime Seminar discusses Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age (2015) by Sherry Turkle, a book expressing and documenting widespread cultural anxieties about the social effects of social networking and mobile networked technology.