A Practical Philosophy for Building A Good Life in the Digital AgeBook - 2010
Summary: "At a time when weʼre all trying to make sense of our relentlessly connected lives, this revelatory book presents a bold new approach to the digital age. Part intellectual journey, part memoir, Hamletʼs BlackBerry sets out to solve what William Powers calls the conundrum of connectedness. Our computers and mobile devices do wonderful things for us. But they also impose an enormous burden, making it harder for us to focus, do our best work, build strong relationships, and find the depth and fulfilment we crave. Powers argues that we need a new philosophy for life with screens. To find it, he reaches into the past, uncovering a rich trove of ideas that have helped people manage and enjoy their connected lives for thousands of years. Drawing on some of historyʼs most brilliant thinkers, from Plato to Shakespeare to Thoreau, he shows that digital connectedness serves us best when itʼs balanced by its opposite, disconnectedness. Using his own life as both laboratory and object lesson, Powers demonstrates why this is the moment to revisit our relationship to screens and mobile technologies, and how profound the rewards of doing so can be. Lively, original, and entertaining, Hamletʼs BlackBerry will challenge you to rethink your digital life."--Publisher description.
Publisher: Carlton North, Vic. : Scribe Publications, 2010.
Characteristics: xv, 267 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.