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Hamlet's Blackberry : a practical philosophy for building a good life in the digital age

Author: William Powers
Publisher: New York : Harper, ©2010.
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"A soulful polemic that challenges the sacred dogma of the digital age--that the more we connect with others, the happier we are--arguing that as our electronic connectedness grows, we are pulled away from the relationships and experiences that give life texture, depth, and meaning".-- Provided by publisher.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Powers
ISBN: 9780061687167 0061687162
OCLC Number: 456180155
Description: xv, 267 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Prologue : the room --
pt. 1. What larks? : the conundrum of the connected life --
Busy, very busy : in a digital world, where's the depth? --
Hello, Mother : the magic of screens --
Gone overboard : falling out with the connected life --
Solutions that aren't : the trouble with not really meaning it --
pt. 2. Beyond the crowd : teachings of the seven philosophers of screens --
Walking to heaven : Plato discovers distance --
The spa of the mind : Seneca on inner space --
Little mirrors : Gutenberg and the business of inwardness --
Hamlet's BlackBerry : Shakespeare on the beauty of old tools --
Inventing your life : Ben Franklin on positive rituals --
The Walden zone : Thoreau on making the home a refuge --
A cooler self : McLuhan and the thermostat of happiness --
pt. 3. In search of depth : ideas in practice --
Not so busy : practical philosophies for every day --
Disconnectopia : the Internet sabbath --
Afterword : back to the room.
Responsibility: William Powers.

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"A soulful polemic that challenges the sacred dogma of the digital age--that the more we connect with others, the happier we are--arguing that as our electronic connectedness grows, we are pulled away from the relationships and experiences that give life texture, depth, and meaning".-- Provided by publisher.

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