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©Language and Learning Lab, FHEL, Swinburne 2012 SAMPLE CRITICAL REVIEW i) Have a look at the assignment question below ii) Now read the sample review. Read the accompanying comments on the side as you go. Is this is a well written review in your opinion? Critical review task Sherry Turkle, a professor of the Social Studies of Technology, has written extensively about the effects of technology on human relationships. Read Chapter 1 (Connectivity and its discontents) from her book Alone Together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other . What evidence does Turkle provide for her main argument that technology has served to diminish the quality of our relationships? How persuaded are you by this argument? (1,000 words) Review: Turkle, Sherry (2011). Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. New York: Basic Books (Extract from Chapter 1- Connectivity and its discontents) The last 20 years have seen a revolution in the way we communicate, all brought about by the quite extraordinary developments that have occurred in the field of information and communications technologies. . There is no doubt that the way people interact with each other nowadays whether in business, education, in one’s personal life – is drastically different from the way things were done in the not-so-distant pre-digital past. But have these developments been positive ones? Can we say that human relations have improved as a result of these changes? . Sherry Turkle in her book Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other is quite sure that this is not the case. . In her study, based on interviews with users of technology across a wide spectrum of society, Turkle argues . that while it may appear that people are more in touch with each other, the effect paradoxically of all this new communication is that people are becoming more socially alienated. “We are increasingly connected to each other ”, she states , but oddly more alone: in intimacy, new solitudes” (p. 19). Turkle quotes many stories from her interviews to illustrate her basic argument. In one worrying case, she describes the experience of a woman who goes to interview someone she is interested in employing as a nanny. When the woman arrives at the apartment, she meets the person’s flatmate who at the time is texting on her BlackBerry. The woman asks to see the would-be nanny. Rather than get up to knock on this person’s doo r which is only 15 feet away the flatmate sends her a text to tell of the woman’s arrival. The woman is shocked as is Turkle that the flatmate would not simply Comment [T1]: At the beginning of a review, you should provide all the BIBLIOGRPAHICAL INFORMATION about the text you are reviewing.
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