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

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by William Powers
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0061687162

ISBN-13: 9780061687167

Pub. Date: 06/29/2010

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

A crisp, passionately argued answer to the question that everyone who's grown dependent on digital devices is asking: "Where's the rest of my life?"

At a time when we're all trying to make sense of our relentlessly connected lives, this revelatory book presents a bold new approach to the digital age. Part intellectual journey,

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A crisp, passionately argued answer to the question that everyone who's grown dependent on digital devices is asking: "Where's the rest of my life?"

At a time when we're all trying to make sense of our relentlessly connected lives, this revelatory book presents a bold new approach to the digital age. Part intellectual journey, part memoir, Hamlet's BlackBerry sets out to solve what William Powers calls the conundrum of connectedness. Our computers and mobile devices do wonderful things for us. But they also impose an enormous burden, making it harder for us to focus, do our best work, build strong relationships, and find the depth and fulfillment we crave.

Hamlet's BlackBerry argues that we need a new way of thinking, an everyday philosophy for life with screens. To find it, Powers reaches into the past, uncovering a rich trove of ideas that have helped people manage and enjoy their connected lives for thousands of years. New technologies have always brought the mix of excitement and stress that we feel today. Drawing on some of history's most brilliant thinkers, from Plato to Shakespeare to Thoreau, he shows that digital connectedness serves us best when it's balanced by its opposite, disconnectedness.

Using his own life as laboratory and object lesson, Powers demonstrates why this is the moment to revisit our relationship to screens and mobile technologies, and how profound the rewards of doing so can be. Lively, original, and entertaining, Hamlet's BlackBerry will challenge you to rethink your digital life.

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ISBN-13:
9780061687167
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Pages:
267
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Hamlet's BlackBerry 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
TIE3rd More than 1 year ago
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.
peakbagger06 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought this was to be about building a library on ones e book sibce i have about 400 archieved and 79 available plus an extra without a light with 300 plus thiught a general suggestion kist of complete works of would be given and what to be avoided as awful formating
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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