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Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet | Study Guide

Sherry Turkle

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  • In a brief epilogue to her book, Turkle emphasizes that the major goal of her work is to examine "how the computer has profoundly shaped our ways of thinking and feeling." She writes that her book is based on both ethnographic and clinical observation. The mid-1980s were a key turning point for computer culture. She offers as examples the introduction of the Macintosh personal computer and the publication of William Gibson's novel Neuromancer, as well as an increased interest in the use of technology in education, as in Project Athena at MIT.
  • Turkle notes that her research for the book has both a field research component and a clinical component. In her field research, she tried to understand the cultural meanings that people build for themselves as they become increasingly intertwined with technology. In her clinical research, she conducted lengthier and more detailed interviews with informants from a wide range of backgrounds and walks of life.
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