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Publisher Description

Soon enough, nobody will remember life before the Internet. What does this unavoidable fact mean? Those of us who have lived both with and without the crowded connectivity of online life have a rare opportunity. We can still recognize the difference between Before and After. We catch ourselves idly reaching for our phones at the bus stop. Or we notice how, midconversation, a fumbling friend dives into the perfect recall of Google. In this eloquent and thought-provoking book, Michael Harris argues that amid all the changes we're experiencing, the most interesting is the end of absence-the loss of lack. The daydreaming silences in our lives are filled; the burning solitudes are extinguished. There's no true "free time" when you carry a smartphone. Today's rarest commodity is the chance to be alone with your thoughts. Michael Harris is an award-winning journalist and a contributing editor at Western Living and Vancouvermagazines. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

GENRE
Nonfiction
RELEASED
2014
August 7
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.3
MB

Customer Reviews

downtownguy ,

Well-Written, Thought-Provoking

A fantastic exploration of our relationships with modern connectivity. Rather than being preachy or judgmental, Michael Harris tries to examine the issue from multiple vantage points. Though Harris isn't without his own opinions, he puts an enormous amount of research, context, and thought into the book and his conclusions. Great for anyone who has ever pondered if we are better off with or without our devices, connections, and digital availability.