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Technology: Friend or Foe?

Technology: Friend or Foe? Technology: Friend or Foe? Kevin Kelly's What Technology Wants (New York: Penguin Books, 2010) review weiver Soundings, Soundings, Vol. 96, No. 4, 2013 Vol. 96, No. 4, 2013 Copyright © 2013 Copyright © 2013 The Pennsylvania The Pennsylvania State University, State University, University Park, PA University Park, PA Sherry Turkle's Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (New York: Basic Books, 2011) EriC BAiN-SElBo If we judged these books by their covers, or at least their titles, we would guess that they represent strictly opposed positions on the role of technology in our lives. Kevin Kelly, cofounder of Wired magazine, seems to anthropomorphize technology and suggests that the focus of the book is on technology and not humanity. Sherry Turkle, a psychologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, clearly expresses her suspicion about technology in both the primary title and the subtitle of her work. Her focus seems to be on humanity rather than technology. In this case, there is some truth to judging these books by their covers. For Kelly, technology is the big Other to which (or whom?) we must make peace. For Turkle, technology is a tool on the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal Penn State University Press

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Technology: Friend or Foe? Kevin Kelly's What Technology Wants (New York: Penguin Books, 2010) review weiver Soundings, Soundings, Vol. 96, No. 4, 2013 Vol. 96, No. 4, 2013 Copyright © 2013 Copyright © 2013 The Pennsylvania The Pennsylvania State University, State University, University Park, PA University Park, PA Sherry Turkle's Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (New York: Basic Books, 2011) EriC BAiN-SElBo If we judged these books by their covers, or at least their titles, we would guess that they represent strictly opposed positions on the role of technology in our lives. Kevin Kelly, cofounder of Wired magazine, seems to anthropomorphize technology and suggests that the focus of the book is on technology and not humanity. Sherry Turkle, a psychologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, clearly expresses her suspicion about technology in both the primary title and the subtitle of her work. Her focus seems to be on humanity rather than technology. In this case, there is some truth to judging these books by their covers. For Kelly, technology is the big Other to which (or whom?) we must make peace. For Turkle, technology is a tool on the

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Soundings: An Interdisciplinary JournalPenn State University Press

Published: Oct 31, 2013

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