Sherry Turkle: what is missing in technology-aided connection?
Posted 4 April 2012 - 9:28pm by Frédéric Morand
Technology might sometimes make us more stupid. It might also make us more alone, even if more connected.
In her vibrant and far-reaching TED talk (Connected, but alone?), Sherry Turkle examines why we might need to be considerate with our use of distant, technology-based social networking. While identifying what is at stake with technological social connection (our capacity to befriend and to converse without technological editing), she delivers an articulated, compelling and audible talk that suggests communication devices have not yet killed all her spontaneity and inspiration.
Questions arise: Should we further (and with more awareness) discriminate and distribute our interpersonal relations across the various connecting media, depending on their "socio-psychological specificity"? What does Sherry Turkle's perspective reveal on the humanness that still (!) differentiates us from machines? What does electronic networking bring that would so different from past connecting media (paper lately, and before that, the five main phenomenological senses)?