Alone Together Sherry Turrkle Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… The most important of which is undeniably Sherry Turkle’s “Alone Together” which is an exploration of how and why technology in general has caused humans in contemporary society to feel alone and isolated and changes that have occurred to the socialisation process that has made this possible. It was reassuring knowing that the Turkle had more than enough credentials for this book as I probably wouldn’t have accepted some of her somewhat perplexing ideas otherwise; for example a recurring idea is the importance for human solitude and the difference between solitude and isolation. The theme of isolation is prevalent throughout the book and she applies several theories (The Goldilocks Effect: we crave a precise amount of human contact, not too little or we will feel alone, not too much because we value privacy - just right) as a result of her own primary research. Turkle’s reliability is reinforced as she is constantly referenced throughout the rest of my secondary resources as a forerunner of sorts to the study of the psychological effects of …show more content…
Fortunately enough for me this article was very un-tabloid –esque and did not seek to cause a scandal, but rather seek to find answers. It explored both sides of the argument in great detail and even listed books and journal articles as references to justify the claims made showing the validity and reliability of the data and topics shown. This article will help to add more mainstream opinions to my PIP as well as helping me to discover what both sides of the topic have to say. 109 words.

Graham Jones. (2012) Does Social Media Create Social Isolation or Unity. Graham Jones Internet Psychologist [online] Available at: http://www.grahamjones.co.uk/2012/articles/social-media/does-social-media-create-social-isolation-or-unity.html [Accessed: 6 Feb 2013]
This is an article which was inspired from the author reading Sherry Turkle’s book; Alone Together. It is divided into 2 sections: one exploring the idea of isolation, and the other, unity. While it proved to be a worthwhile read and an unbiased critical critique of the topic at hand, I am still unsure of the reliability of the information written as the title “Internet Psychologist” does not sound very impressive to say the least. In terms of my PIP, it will serve as a supplementary resource in favour of longer and deeper articles (it was only a page or less in length). 103 words.

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