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

Sherry Turkle

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Early Years, Education, and Career

Sherry Turkle was born June 18, 1948, in Brooklyn, New York. She earned both her BA and a double doctorate in sociology and personality psychology at Harvard University. Since then, she has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she has served as the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology. Turkle is also the founding director of the Initiative on Technology and Self at MIT.

Works on Digital Culture

In her first book, The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (1984), Turkle argued perceptively that computers would transcend their use as tools to become part of people's social and psychological lives. In 1995 Turkle deepened and extended this thesis in her book Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet, in which she discusses the advantages and drawbacks of cyberspace. Boundaries between human beings and machines, she asserts, are being blurred with advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR). In two more works that followed, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (2011) and Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age (2015), Turkle turns her attention to the ways in which technological advances affect human communication.

Recognition and Awards

Turkle has won a number of prestigious awards, including "Woman of the Year" from Ms. Magazine, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, and the Harvard Centennial Medal. She was named a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014. She has also served as a featured media commentator on technology's social and psychological effects for a number of news networks, including CNN, NPR, CBS, ABC, and NBC, as well as the BBC in the United Kingdom.

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