Reclaiming Conversation

Reclaiming Conversation

The Power of Talk in A Digital Age

eBook - 2016
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Presents the argument that in the digital age, with smartphones and instant messaging--instant gratification of curiosity and the quick availability of entertainment--human beings are losing the interpersonal skill of making good conversation. Discusses the emotional and empathetic importance of good, face-to-face, uninterrupted conversation, and offers advice for overcoming addiction to digital entertainment and connection.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781101617397
Characteristics: 1 online resource (436 pages)

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Renowned media scholar and MIT professor Turkle recommends reducing our use of digital devices for communication and returning to the more conventional face-to-face conversation. She claims that doing so will improve relationships, work performance, and creativity.


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Feb 02, 2016

One mode of interaction is "Google jockeying": While a speaker is making a presentation, participants search the web for appropriate content to display on the screens - for examples, definitions, images, or opposing views. Another mode of interaction is "back-channeling," in which participants type in comments as the speaker talks, providing running commentary on the material being presented. p.218

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Feb 02, 2016

The world's largest conference call provider, used by 85 percent of Fortune 100 firms, studied what people are doing during meetings: 65 percent do other work, 63 percent send email, 55 percent eat or make food, 47 percent go to the bathroom and 6 percent take another call ... Darius Lehrer, a thirty-six-year-old manager at ReadyLearn, sums up meeting etiquette: "You come in, get some coffee, work on your laptop, listen for your name to be called, make your contribution, and then go back to yoiur computer. A good meeting leader will give you a 'heads-up' signal about five minutes before she calls on you so that you can close out your email and get ready to speak." p.254-5

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ser_library Apr 15, 2016

interesting point that I understood in the first few chapters, I found myself wondering about the introvert/extrovert continuum which Turkle did not consider

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