Hamlet's Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

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Hamlet's Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

Format:  Paperback,

267 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Aug 2011

ISBN-13: 9780061687174

ISBN-10: 0061687170

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Our computers and mobile devices do wonderful things for us. But they also impose a burden, making it harder for us to focus, do our best work, build strong relationships, and find the depth and fulfillment we crave.

How to solve this problem? Hamlet's BlackBerry argues that we just need a new way of thinking, an everyday philosophy for life with screens. William Powers sets out to solve what he calls the conundrum of connectedness. Reaching into the past--using his own life as laboratory and object lesson--he draws on some of history's most brilliant thinkers, from Plato to Shakespeare to Thoreau, to demonstrate that digital connectedness serves us best when it's balanced by its opposite, disconnectedness. Lively, original, and entertaining, Hamlet's BlackBerry will challenge you to rethink your digital life.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Aug 2011
ISBN-13: 9780061687174
ISBN-10: 0061687170
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 267
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.5
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 9780061687174

Chapter outline

Prologue: The Room
Introduction
What Larks?: The Conundrum of the Connected Life
Busy, Very Busy: In a Digital World, Where's the Depth?
Hello, Mother: The Magic of Screens
Gone Overboard: Falling Out with the Connected Life
Solutions That Aren't: The Trouble with Not Really Meaning It
Beyond the Crowd: Teachings of the Seven Philosophers of Screens
Walking to Heaven: Plato Discovers Distance
The Spa of the Mind: Seneca on Inner Space
Little Mirrors: Gutenberg and the Business of Inwardness
Hamlet's BlackBerry: Shakespeare on the Beauty of Old Tools
Inventing Your Life: Ben Franklin on Positive Rituals
The Walden Zone: Thoreau on Making the Home a Refuge
A Cooler Self: McLuhan and the Thermostat of Happiness
In Search of Depth: Ideas in Practice
Not So Busy: Practical Philosophies for Every Day
Disconnectopia: The Internet Sabbath
Afterword: Back to the Room
Acknowledgments
Notes
Further Reading

Book description

Our computers and mobile devices do wonderful things for us. But they also impose a burden, making it harder for us to focus, do our best work, build strong relationships, and find the depth and fulfillment we crave.

How to solve this problem? Hamlet’s BlackBerry argues that we just need a new way of thinking, an everyday philosophy for life with screens. William Powers sets out to solve what he calls the conundrum of connectedness. Reaching into the past—using his own life as laboratory and object lesson—he draws on some of history’s most brilliant thinkers, from Plato to Shakespeare to Thoreau, to demonstrate that digital connectedness serves us best when it’s balanced by its opposite, disconnectedness. Lively, original, and entertaining, Hamlet’s BlackBerry will challenge you to rethink your digital life.

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