Sloane Jacobsen is the most powerful trend forecaster in the world (she was t ...more
I am personally a big…moreI'm not sure what you mean by "younger generation" but I technically fall in the gray area between Millennial and Generation Z.
I am personally a big fan of human interaction, and I would not prescribe myself as socially anxious in any sort of way. I enjoy putting my electronics away - which is ironic in this moment - and talk face-to-face with people. I actually find myself increasingly frustrated with others when they do not communicate with me while we're together but they are glued to their phones. I also am a caller, not a texter.
That being said, I don't think there is an easy answer in terms of "going back to more face-to-face contact". My age group is getting into "retro" things, like record players, original Nintendos, and upcycling clothes straight from the 70s. Is face-to-face contact something that is "vintage" and will be picked up? I would like to think so, but I also ordered my McDonalds from a self-service touch screen last week.
I hope we learn to lean away from this technology and start to go back to personal conversation face-to-face. I love to have heart-to-hearts with my friends, and that type of emotion cannot be mimicked through a black screen--it is made through eye contact and other nonverbals.
I hope this was helpful, Margaret. (less)
When a new prediction comes to her -the return of empathy, touch, and profound human interaction- her long-held beliefs are shaken as well as ...more
“One of the real problems with the breakdown of interpersonal relations in the digital age is that people don't know how to be intimate anymore.”Courtney Maum takes this unfortunate truth and multiplies it by ten in her satirical novel: Touch. With humor, drama, and emotion, our present-day is restructured into a setting with self-driving cars, emotional bonding with computers and smart phones versus other humans, and people who seek out physical contact by scheduling extended massages and ...more
I don't think Courtney Maum was trying to come across like one of those articles, but what she was going for just wasn't strong or compelling enough to resonate.
Touch's main character, Sloane Jacobsen, is a world-renowned tr ...more
"Sloane Jacobsen is the most powerful trend forecaster in the world (she was the foreseer of the swipe ), and global fashion, lifestyle, and tech companies pay to hear her opinions about the future. Her recent forecasts on the family are unwavering: the world is over-populated, and with unemployment, college costs, and food prices all on the rise, having childr ...more
I LOVED this book. It is an incredibly provocative look at our need for human touch and intimacy and scarily true condemnation of current and future tech. Maum manages to create a wonderfully lovable character in Sloane while simultaneously presenting her as in dire need of human touch and intimacy while also being aloof and omnis ...more
Those of you who scorn our increasing reliance on digital electronics, this is the book for you. Courtney Maum skewers those who constantly "look down" and the sense of disassociation they suffer, and she does it in ways that will make you think and occasionally laugh.
Sloane Jacobsen has made a living by relying on intuition, something that can't be reduced to an app. She is a "trend forecaster," which is not the same as a "trend analyst" or a "trend pioneer." Sloane doesn't start trend ...more
"The environment was shit, people's ability to empathize with others was going to hell in a fair-trade handbasket, politics around the world had become a poisoned farce. It felt like the only thing people wanted w ...more
This is an "issues" book in the same way that The Circle by Dave Eggers is an "issues" book. They use fiction to look at a particular issue — in both cases the prevalence of technology in modern culture — and otherwise there isn't much going on. The themes are blunt and everything in the book is in service to that theme, with little su ...more
I finished the last two thirds of the book in one day. It pulls you in and you start to root for Sloane hoping that the trends she sees will come to fruition.
The title of the is "Touch" and it certainly touched me.
Sloane has decided to return stateside with her boyfriend Roman. She has taken a six month position with Mammoth in New York City to present products for a ReProduction summit. Mammoth and Sloane will be focusing on creating trends for the childless. But things don’t go quite according to plan. The next craze she is forecasting is not what ev ...more
Ready? Here it is: Puke
Absolutely disgusting, I only finished it because by the time I really realized just how selfish and inane that main character was I was already almost half way through, so what the hell. Incredibly repetitive, obnoxious, and just plain old ridiculous.
Maybe it's because I'm not to that mid-life crisis point yet in my life ...more
I will be honest with you all. I was excited about this book, but didn’t know what I would think of it when I finished. I was hoping for something in the same vein as THE ASSISTANTS by Camille Perri. What I got was different, but equally as enjoyable.
TOUCH follows the evolution of Sloane. She is a trend forecaster hired to help guide a tech company create products for the childless. However, as time progresses and ...more
The main character - Sloane is a trend forecaster and a good one she is. She predicts what the humans will need in the future not with respect to any materialistic products but their generalized needs. And she predicts - Return of Human Affection!
Her long-time partner (mostly unromantic), Roman believes in Neo-Sensuality and is convinced that 'After God goes Sex.'
The protagonist feels like there should a Modern Compromise!
And that's how I'd like to think of Courtney Maum's second novel TOUCH. It's intelligent, clever, and very funny -- in other words, it's a wickedly fun book. (Somehow, I can't stop thinking of it as a guilty pleasu ...more