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The Second Self: Computers & the Human Spirit (20th Anniversary)

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In The Second Self, Sherry Turkle looks at the computer not as a "tool," but as part of our social and psychological lives; she looks beyond how we use computer games and spreadsheets to explore how the computer affects our awareness of ourselves, of one another, and of our relationship with the world. "Technology," she writes, "catalyzes changes not only in what we do but ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published September 30th 2005 by MIT Press (MA) (first published January 1st 1984)
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Saadia Carnes
Such a fascinating book. If you are doing any type of project on how the Internet and social media relate to people this should definitely be on your list. Very well written and an enjoyable read for a scholarly work.
Helen Heath
Interesting study on how we place value and human attributes onto electronic things like computers and Tamagotchi. A bit dated now however, children these days (that I know) of 9-11 do not cry when their Tamagotchi dies, they know it isn't alive.
I find this quite fascinating, and I'm only on the first few chapters, asking children "Are computers alive?"
The answers she gets are very interesting.
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Sherry Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Professor Turkle received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist.

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