Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT, current director of the MIT initiative on Technology and Self, in her 2007 “Can You Hear Me Now?” for Forbes Magazine, she addresses the topic of technology and discusses society’s growing attachment and alienation caused by it. Turkle wrote the article for an educated, older and business interested audience, there are references and terms that need clarification for most people. She discusses the Blackberry throughout the article, which is not concretely defined. In this paper, I will clarify Turkle’s references and terms for better understanding.
In her article, Turkle “offer[s] five troubles that try [her] tethered soul” (272). These are the cause that technology has on people and one of the focus is on the Blackberry. In her second trouble, “Are we Losing Time to Take Our Time”, she states, “think of the BlackBerry user watching the BlackBerry movie of his life… People become alienated from their own experience and anxious about watching a version of their lives” (273) and the “BlackBerry Revolution”. However, she lacks describing what the device actually. For younger and present audience, the Blackberry does not have the same usage and significance, compared to readers of that time and audience. From describing it we can better understand what is and the effects of it.
The BlackBerry that Turkle is referring to is a wireless handheld communications device released in the early 2000’s. The significant of the device was that it “offer[s]
cellular phone service, wireless e-mail capability, and Internet access, the new ‘smartphones’ took the business world by storm” (BlackBerry). The Blackberry is used to make the lives of the busiest people more efficient. The rea...
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...r technological device. In return the way we think or visualize something changes.
Turkle’s article discusses the negative impact of technology has on us. She talks about the BlackBerry, its revolution and effect of alienation. With more clarification we are able to see that her use of these terms and vocabulary enhances her argument for readers of Forbes magazine. On the other hand, it is harder to understand her claim fully not knowing its meaning in the articles contexts.
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