Tapping away at my computer, I feel a little sheepish about criticizing this modern mode of communication. We are, after all, a society mesmerized with our screens. But at what cost?
In his first book, Hamlet’s BlackBerry, writer William Powers addresses the challenges that come from constantly being plugged in. Whether it is the Internet, email or other personal digital devices, these tools can demand our undivided attention. The constant connections keep us apprised of events, both important and inconsequential, but hamper the opportunity for deep personal thought or focus. The cost to personal relationships can also be steep.
Looking back through history, the former staff writer for the Washington Post investigates the events surrounding the introduction of other technological changes such as the written word and printing press. Learning from the upheavals those inventions caused, the author gives readers new insights into dealing with the current onslaught of the digital age. While disconnecting the modem forever seems rather extreme, Powell asserts that learning to manage these new forms of communication can lead to a richer and more fulfilling life.
Look for Hamlet’s BlackBerry - A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age, by William Powers, at AMAZON.COM