Michael Harris

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Michael Harris is the author of The End of Absence (2014) and Solitude (2017). He writes about the social aspects of technology and about civil liberties. His essays have been included in several anthologies. Michael lives in Vancouver with the artist Kenny Park.

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Michael Harris Hi Austin, Thanks for the question. There were two main streams of literature I was dipping into for this book.

First stream: books about the nature…more
Hi Austin, Thanks for the question. There were two main streams of literature I was dipping into for this book.

First stream: books about the nature of aloneness or solitude. Anthony Storr's book Solitude was certainly a great inspiration. Also, the work of Sara Maitland.

Second stream: books on media and our relationship with the internet. I try to read broadly about human interactions with technology. So: Marshall McLuhan, Neil Postman, Lewis Mumford, and Elizabeth Eisenstein are all fascinating, even though they were writing before online life rose to dominance. More contemporary authors that I've relied on include: Nicholas Carr, Sherry Turkle, James Gleick, Clive Thompson, Tim Wu, and Daniel Levitin.

All that said: if you're looking for another book to read about solitude, I would absolutely point you toward Storr's book. It's a gem.

Hope that helps!
And all best,
Michael(less)
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"This is my favorite nonfiction read of the year. I constantly struggle with social media and it's effects in our lives. Some of the change is inevitable and I feel like a curmudgeon trying to fight against it. This book did a tremendous job of dis..." Read more of this review »
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“we aren’t lonely because we are alone; we are lonely because we have failed in our solitude.”
Michael Harris, The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection

“If solitude feels painful, it's only because we don't know how to be alone.”
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“When we grip our phones and tablets, we’re holding the kind of information resource that governments would have killed for just a generation ago. And is it that experience of everyday information miracles, perhaps, that makes us all feel as though our own opinions are so worth sharing? After all, aren’t we—in an abstracted sense, at least—just as smart as everyone else in the room, as long as we’re sharing the same Wi-Fi connection? And therefore (goes the bullish leap in thinking) aren’t my opinions just as worthy of trumpeting?”
Michael Harris, The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection

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