The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (MIT Press)


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When it did so, it was soon regarded as a classic. The intervening years have done nothing to diminish that assessment. Turkle has updated it to form this second edition.

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By and large, her analysis in proved on the mark. As computers have improved in power, and become smaller and more portable, their users tend to identify with them. And here it should be said that the cellphones of today are considered, and are indeed, computers in the context of this text. Certainly, a typical cellphone has a raw computational capacity exceeding the personal computers of To some readers, the most puzzling thing may be why some users so identify with their computers, or half-jokingly, attribute personalities to them.

The second self: computers and the human spirit

There seems to be some innate urge in many people for this. Needless to say, suppose we project out another 20 years.

The trend is for more such behaviour. The sophistication and personalisation possible in those future mobile machines makes this inevitable. And this is even NOT assuming any breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, which might endow the devices with true personalities. Children are so much more saturated with computers and computer technology than when the book was written, that I wonder how the observations will have changed. Growing Up with Computers: The New Computer Cultures: Into a New Age. Turkle's seminal text examines the social implications of our increasingly computer-suffused lives.

With a strong emphasis on individual interactions with computers, this ethnography describes an emerging post-modern computer culture, and goes on to interpret it in philosophical terms. A bit utopian, very smart, acts as a bit of a pre-quel to her recent work, Life on the Screen.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. In The Second Self , Sherry Turkle looks at the computer not as a "tool," but as part of our social and psychological lives; she looks beyond how we use computer games and spreadsheets to explore how the computer affects our awareness of ourselves, of one another, and of our relationship with the world.

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This twentieth anniversary edition allows us to reconsider two decades of computer culture--to re experience what was and is most novel in our new media culture and to view our own contemporary relationship with technology with fresh eyes. Turkle frames this classic work with a new introduction, a new epilogue, and extensive notes added to the original text.

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I thought I had lost my mind. Growing Up with Computers: Diana rated it really liked it Jan 29, Approved centre forum ACF. Get to Know Us.

Turkle talks to children, college students, engineers, AI scientists, hackers, and personal computer owners--people confronting machines that seem to think and at the same time suggest a new way for us to think--about human thought, emotion, memory, and understanding. Her interviews reveal that we experience computers as being on the border between inanimate and animate, as both an extension of the self and part of the external world. Their special place betwixt and between traditional categories is part of what makes them compelling and evocative.

I thought I had lost my mind. Paperback , pages. Published September 30th by Mit Press first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Second Self , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 17, Saadia Carnes rated it it was amazing. Such a fascinating book. If you are doing any type of project on how the Internet and social media relate to people this should definitely be on your list. Very well written and an enjoyable read for a scholarly work.

Feb 06, Clay Williams rated it liked it. As a computer scientist who thinks a lot about user experience, I am immensely interested in the topics covered in this book. Surprisingly, at times I struggled to stay engaged with it. For example, in the section on children and computers, I felt I fully understood the author's key points, but upon looking ahead, I saw I had chapters to go.

These chapters primarily reiterated what had already been said, making the reading more of a slog than a pleasure. Although I recommend the book to others w As a computer scientist who thinks a lot about user experience, I am immensely interested in the topics covered in this book. Although I recommend the book to others with an interest in the human relationship to technology, I do so with the caveat that reading this book can feel like work at times.

Nov 01, Abner Rosenweig rated it liked it. Turkle offers some good commentary on the relationship between humanity and computers, and how computing is, in essence, a new category of being that is redefining our humanity. I was disappointed by the heavy amount of ethnographic research early on.