Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet

Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet

by Sherry Turkle
     
 

Life on the Screenis a book not about computers, but about people and how computers are causing us to reevaluate our identities in the age of the Internet. We are using life on the screen to engage in new ways of thinking about evolution, relationships, politics, sex, and the self. Life on the Screen traces a set of boundary negotiations, telling the

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Life on the Screenis a book not about computers, but about people and how computers are causing us to reevaluate our identities in the age of the Internet. We are using life on the screen to engage in new ways of thinking about evolution, relationships, politics, sex, and the self. Life on the Screen traces a set of boundary negotiations, telling the story of the changing impact of the computer on our psychological lives and our evolving ideas about minds, bodies, and machines. What is emerging, Turkle says, is a new sense of identity— as decentered and multiple. She describes trends in computer design, in artificial intelligence, and in people's experiences of virtual environments that confirm a dramatic shift in our notions of self, other, machine, and world. The computer emerges as an object that brings postmodernism down to earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684833484
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,391,936
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Identity in the Age of the Internet...9
I. The Seductions of the Interface
1. A Tale of Two Aesthetics...29
2. The Triumph of Tinkering..50

II. Of Dreams and Beasts
3. Making a Pass at a Robot...77
4. Taking Things at Interface Value...102
5. The Quality of Emergence...125
6. Artificial Life as the New Frontier...149

III. On the Internet
7. Aspects of the Self...177
8. TinySex and Gender Trouble...210
9. Virtuality and Its Discontents...233
10. Identity Crisis...255

Notes...271
A Note on Method: The Inner History of Technology...321
Acknowledgments...325
Index...329

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