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Hamlet's Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    D'ya really need ALL those emails???

    C'mon, do you??? A well written, carefully thought out plan to lessen your daily digital workload. And truly, do you really need all that info? I thought so too. until I read Powers book. An eyeopener!!! A calming piece of gentle guidance in this overburdened digital world we now live in. Get a copy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

    Live your life: get disconnected from the screens

    This is the book I have been looking for. It gives you permission to live life deeply away from the constant hum of the internet, email, twittering, blogging etc.

    Well written, well-researched look at technology through the ages.

    Who'd have thought that Ben Franklin, Socrates, Shakespeare struggled with over-connectedness with the technologies of their day. Powers tells us how they "pulled the plug" and got in touch with their inner selves to reflect, think deeply and be serene.

    A practical book, Powers gives some concrete examples of how to manage the gadgets of the 21st century so that you run them, they don't run us.

    Bravo, Mr. Powers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

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    An amazing look at the strings that hold us down...

    This book is a powerful look at the lives we lead in an overconnected society. William Powers explains why we all feel like "pinballs bouncing around in a world of blinking lights and buzzers" and why though there is "lots of movement and noise," but "it doesn't add up to much." If you're over-twittered, facebook frenzied, mangled by myspace, locked-up and linkedin, you need this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Pretty good

    This is a somewhat breezily written book with lots of lessons from the author's life.
    Read Alone Together by Sherry Turkle for a much more profound discussion of this issue

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I don't normally read nonfiction, but this book really made me think about our culture and my own individual choices. It's refreshing to think that societies in the past have also had to adjust to new technologies and made it through unscathed! I'm passing this book around to everyone I know.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

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    An amazing look at the strings that now hold us down...

    This book is a powerful look at the lives we lead in an overconnected society. William Powers explains why we all feel like "pinballs bouncing around in a world of blinking lights and buzzers" and why though there is "lots of movement and noise," "it doesn't add up to much." If you're over-twittered, facebook frenzied, mangled by myspace, locked-up and linkedin, you need this book.

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