The Flight From Conversation By Sherry Turkle Essay
A Rhetorical Analysis
Sherry Turkle, a M.I.T professor in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society as well as being the author of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.” Turkle recently wrote an Op-ed piece entitled The Flight from Conversation that talked about peoples’ inner dependency on technology. By using several examples ranging from a business man so engulfed in his Blackberry that he doesn’t talk to his co-workers to a child who confides in Sherry that “he wishes he could talk to an artificial intelligence program instead of his dad about dating; he said that the A.I. would have so much more in its database” (Turkle, par.17). These shocking examples prove her findings that in today’s society we are engulfed by technology to the point where we feel safest in front of a screen.
In 2012 Sherry Turkle took the stage at a Ted Talk event and uses the article she posted in the NY Times which discusses our addiction to technology. Sherry writes about our different conversations between e-mail and text messages where the real face to face conversations are being drowned out. Today people have their little protection bubble in which they find it difficult to start normal conversations. Surely you have noticed that little kids are receiving Iphone’s and even at that age they are slowly veering away from face to face interaction. Sadly, they are learning this destructive behavior…