Hamlet's BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a by William Powers

By William Powers

A crisp, passionately argued solution to the query that everybody who is grown depending on electronic units is looking: "Where's the remainder of my life?" At a time while we are all attempting to make experience of our relentlessly hooked up lives, this revelatory ebook provides a daring new method of the electronic age. half highbrow trip, half memoir, Hamlet's BlackBerry units out to resolve what William Powers calls the conundrum of connectedness. Our desktops and cellular units do great issues for us. yet in addition they impose a big burden, making it tougher for us to concentration, do our greatest paintings, construct robust relationships, and locate the intensity and success we crave. Hamlet's BlackBerry argues that we want a brand new state of mind, a daily philosophy for all times with monitors. to discover it, Powers reaches into the previous, uncovering a wealthy trove of rules that experience helped humans deal with and luxuriate in their hooked up lives for hundreds of thousands of years. New applied sciences have continuously introduced the combination of pleasure and rigidity that we think this present day. Drawing on a few of history's such a lot significant thinkers, from Plato to Shakespeare to Thoreau, he indicates that electronic connectedness serves us most sensible while it truly is balanced by way of its contrary, disconnectedness. utilizing his personal existence as laboratory and item lesson, Powers demonstrates why this can be the instant to revisit our courting to displays and cellular applied sciences, and the way profound the rewards of doing so will be. energetic, unique, and enjoyable, Hamlet's BlackBerry will problem you to reconsider your electronic lifestyles.

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We all know what that place feels like, and we used to know how to get there. But lately we’re having trouble finding it. Like the people in the story you just read, we live in a world where everyone is connected to everyone else all the time. We’re not literally in a room that’s floated away from the earth, but we’re definitely in a new place, and it’s technology that has brought us here. * Today we’re always just a few taps away from millions of other people, from endless information and stimulation.

Digital busyness is the enemy of depth. Not everyone lives this way, of course. First there are millions in the United States and many more around the world who can’t afford to buy these technologies and are shut out of their manifold benefits, except through the limited access afforded by public libraries and other institutions. This is a real problem that deserves more attention than it receives. Second are those who can afford the latest gadgets but choose instead to be lightly connected or not connected at all.

A total stranger? But you’re so transfixed by the view, you can’t bear to turn away even for a moment. It’s the first time since moving to the room that you’ve totally ignored a tap. It feels wild and, somehow, right. You climb up so you’re standing on the ledge, one hand holding the side of the arch for balance. You lean out a little to see what’s below. More stars, endless stars. You sense movement beside you. “I hope you’re not angry that I followed you,” says a voice you recognize. The woman in the straw hat is clambering up.

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