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Reclaiming Conversation?

Yes, this is a question, inspired as it is by Sherry Turkle’s new book (Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, Penguin Press 2015,) and my friend Dan Ausbury’s own reflections which he’ll share with our inf115 class later.

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Alan Levine suggested in one of our brainstorming sessions at STEMmED, to elaborate around Turkle’s ideas through a compelling tool named This is a note-taking plugin that can be added to a browser. With it people can add chunks of annotations on any text segment from an article, be it on a webpage, a pfd file, etc.

In preparation for next class, I’m leaving here for reference two articles: one written by the very Dr. Turkle on the NY Times, and another, which Alan suggested, of a contrary opinion. We’ll explain later what is the job to be done.

  1. Sherry Turkle’s views: Stop Googling. Let’s Talk. (The New York Times, 26 Sept. 2015)
  2. Contrarian: Fear of Screens (Nathan Jurgenson, The New Inquiry, Jan 25, 2016).

Another reference may be the review on Turkle’s book published on The Atlantic: The flight from conversation by Lauren Cassani Davis, 7 Oct. 2015).

Antonio Vantaggiato