What Narrative Is Built? Essay

1592 Words Nov 10th, 2016 7 Pages
What narrative is built?

Turkle builds and explains a narrative throughout her book that essentially states technology is taking away the importance of conversation and therefore our students and kids all around lack empathy. We do not need to necessarily get rid of technology to build empathy in our students and children, but we need to be able to still live our lives as we normally would have before all of this new technology, while still being able to find a happy balance between using technology and not having technology at all. Throughout the book, Turkle provides us with examples and metaphors of three different aspects of the human experience and life using Thoreau’s metaphor of three chairs; solitude, friendship and society. While every part of life can be impacted and discussed through these metaphors, the biggest impact on school and students is chair two where we discuss relationships as a whole. Turkle builds the narrative of the idea that technology is killing conversation in every aspect of life. The three chair metaphor is the perfect way to explain this. Turkle’s narrative challenges children everywhere, from kids at home to kids at school. It is important to remember that this does not just impact children. Adults are also lacking empathy by using technology to hide behind instead of dealing with anything face to face. Both parents and kids are guilty of this- they may all be sitting in the same room together, but they are all on different devices not…

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