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Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

I just saw an interview with Sherry Turkle on Moyers and Company. This is timely book with what has recently happened in the latest government shut down. 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.
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  • Pamela G.

    I played the game and thought about it in the context of using it with my middle school students. I have an advanced group of students for reading, many of them reading at a high school level. I looked at the teacher support materials and found them pretty helpful. I am going to play again and make a decision in the near future. Yes , Mike I agree it is way beyond many of students of the grade levels listed.

    September 8, 2014

  • Michael M.

    John R. As I mentioned yesterday at the book club - I spent about 30 minutes on the site, went through 2 phases/steps of the game. Software is pleasant, engaging. But it's too difficult for its intended audience, 3rd to 8th graders. Also, it purports to teach ethics - which is actually situational and environmentally sensitive, as we found out through Walter Mischel's "Marshmallow Experiment" at Stanford. Prof. Celeste Kidd tried to replicate the experiment two years ago. She discovered that Prof. Mischel missed a critical factor - the same weakness of the Quandry game. It simply won't work. It does not have Reliability and Validity.

    September 8, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Our book has a Copyright date of 2011. MIT's Education Arcade & Learning Games Network released 'Quandry' http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/11/teaching-empathy-through-digital-game-play/ in Sept2012 (& mindshift keeps reminding me of its awards on my feed). Has anyone played it to give us a review?

    September 6, 2014

    • John R

      Did you try the game yet? You can play it right in a web broser that supports flash. Here is the link again, http://www.quandaryga...­

      September 8, 2014

  • Dave

    This was another great meeting. I look forward to the next one.

    September 7, 2014

  • Michael M.

    Excellent discussion, many intelligent/curious people. Warm, friendly, open-minded and supportive group.

    September 7, 2014

  • Pamela G.

    I thought the discussion was interesting and enjoyed getting to meet new people. I am coming back!

    September 7, 2014

  • Art J.

    @home working on a Mobile class. I also enjoyed the book and really bummed out that I will miss the meeting. Hope it is a lively discussion for all.

    September 7, 2014

  • Carol

    At Brewer's game - Enjoyed book & online talks

    September 7, 2014

  • Carol

    September 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it alright to go if I haven't read the book yet?

    September 6, 2014

    • Leo F.

      Yes, absolutely. You may want to check out the links the other members have posted below to get you situated on the topic.

      September 6, 2014

  • Sharon

    I just happened to see "Robot & Frank" on Netflix before starting this book. The children of an aging former jewel thief with increasing dementia provide him with a caregiving robot and some very interesting things ensue...

    2 · September 1, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      Sherry Turkle was interviewed (& can be seen w her mantle full of Ferbies) in http://www.rottentoma...­ which I caught on Netflix this week.

      2 · September 3, 2014

  • Art J.

    Lighter note about True Companions chapter. Sex robots is a running joke in comedy cartoons llke American Dad and Futurama. But I never thought Huffington Post would have a section devoted it. LOL.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/sex-robot/

    September 1, 2014

  • Leo F.

    Sorry about the confusion about the location. I don't know why Meetup emails members randomly asking them to set the location... Anyway, we will meet at the regular place and time, Boswell Books at 3pm.

    1 · August 31, 2014

  • Carol

    http://www.pawbonito.com/whalerescue/
    PLEASE watch this video of a whale rescued from nylon fishing nets by some people out boating. Adds to our discussion about animal intelligence etc.

    1 · August 4, 2014

    • Leo F.

      Thanks, Carol.

      August 31, 2014

  • Paula S.

    I have two suggestions for pre-discussion viewing: Life 2.0 (mentioned in the book, available on Netflix), and The Congress (2013, not on Netflix but available for rent on Amazon.com).

    2 · August 16, 2014

    • Leo F.

      Thank you for the suggestion, Paula.

      August 31, 2014

  • Deb

    I am confused. Isn't this where we usually meet?

    August 28, 2014

    • Cheryl B.

      I didn't actually "change" the location; I just added it because there wasn't a location listed yet.

      1 · August 28, 2014

  • Cheryl Bennet changed the location to Boswell Books

    August 28, 2014

  • Carol

    Leo will we be meeting at Boswell's as usual?

    August 27, 2014

  • Paula S.

    2 · August 27, 2014

    • Carol

      Thanks

      August 27, 2014

    • Carol

      Thanks

      August 27, 2014

  • Art J.

    Check out the author's website. There are numerous links to interviews about this subject.
    http://www.alonetogetherbook.com/

    2 · July 18, 2014

  • Art J.

    Read Jonah Lehrer’s(“How We Decide.”) article on this book:
    We Robots
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/23/books/review/Lehrer-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Art J.

    See the TEDxUIUC - Sherry Turkle - Alone Together video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtLVCpZIiNs

    2 · October 20, 2013

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