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Hamlet's BlackBerry by William Powers
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Oct 27, 2010

it was amazing

This book was so easy to read and thoughtful about our technological revolution. Not only does he explain what it's like to live within the "crowd" of social media, constant email and internet, but Powers also goes through the history of philosophers of different centuries who struggled with the latest technology in their culture. It was really comforting to know that in Shakespeare's day, people had something they called "tables" that they carried around the way we now carry Blackberry-s. Powers also gives a practical solution to dealing with the overdose of technology in our culture, and he certainly doesn't vilify it. Making something forbidden only makes people want it more, as he shows. This was a book that I will continue to think about for a long time to come, and I find myself implementing his ideas daily.
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message 1: by Kate (new)

Kate Have you heard him on NPR? I haven't read the book yet.

Jana No, but I should look up the show, huh? Was he on Fresh Air?

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