Alone Together – Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
From the interview (below): Her feelings about technology were once evangelical, but have been transformed by her own research.
Her book The Second Self (published in 1984) was a hopeful look at personal computers; the next, Life on the Screen, put her on the cover of Wired magazine in 1995; in her most recent book, she is alarmed.
Things she noted in passing in her previous writings – the “holding power” of some devices, for example, and the way they could distract us from our “real” life – have moved centre stage.
In Alone Together, she draws attention to a “disturbing symmetry”: we’re forming emotional attachments to devices while becoming “content to treat each other as things”.