Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity - and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground.
We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.
Preeminent author and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture for over 30 years. Long an enthusiast for its possibilities, here she investigates a troubling consequence: At work, at home, in politics, and in love, we find ways around conversation, tempted by the possibilities of a text or an email in which we don’t have to look, listen, or reveal ourselves.
We develop a taste for what mere connection offers. The dinner table falls silent as children compete with phones for their parents’ attention. Friends learn strategies to keep conversations going when only a few people are looking up from their phones. At work, we retreat to our screens although it is conversation at the water cooler that increases not only productivity but commitment to work. Online, we only want to share opinions that our followers will agree with - a politics that shies away from the real conflicts and solutions of the public square.
The case for conversation begins with the necessary conversations of solitude and self-reflection. They are endangered: These days, always connected, we see loneliness as a problem that technology should solve. Afraid of being alone, we rely on other people to give us a sense of ourselves, and our capacity for empathy and relationship suffers. We see the costs of the flight from conversation everywhere: Conversation is the cornerstone for democracy and in business it is good for the bottom line. In the private sphere, it builds empathy, friendship, love, learning, and productivity.
But there is good news: We are resilient. Conversation cures.
Based on five years of research and interviews in homes, schools, and the workplace, Turkle argues that we have come to a better understanding of where our technology can and cannot take us and that the time is right to reclaim conversation. The most human - and humanizing - thing that we do.
The virtues of person-to-person conversation are timeless, and our most basic technology, talk, responds to our modern challenges. We have everything we need to start, we have each other.
Turkle's latest book, The Empathy Diaries (3/2/21) is available now.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 11 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||06 October 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 48,266 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
65 in Technology & Society (Audible Books & Originals)
68 in Media Studies (Audible Books & Originals)
130 in Communication Reference
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In fact, it’s the opposite of that. The book laments the loss of conversation while people look at their phones. Go out to dinner with friends (in a pre-covid world of course) and watch how long before people are reaching for their phones and moving from the analogue world into the digital world.
I thought there was a missed opportunity to discuss some of the psychological reasons for this and what the platforms do to keep you coming back for more. Similar to the Netflix program “the social dilemma”.
I do agree that we are probably storing up problems for the future where people lost social skills. But didn’t our parents tell us off and didn’t “older people” complain about when we watched too much TV or played video games too much … and we turned out OK.
It doesn't offer many solutions that feel actionable especially as we are dealing with the need for systemic change, but I hope that we will start to see more studies that show we need to address how we navigate technology with and for our children.