Sherry Turkle: Is Information Technology An Identity Technology?

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Introduction Is information technology an identity technology? Over the past decade, the rapid advancement in technology has made a great impact human lives that questions the identity of individual. The following discussion will be about the reflections of Sherry Turkle on how online interaction and technology influence identity construction. For better understanding, it is important to analyze the analysis of Sherry Turkle of the computer as a reminiscent object and the human relationship with the object. Turkle’s observations on the identity online and its characteristics will be highlighted. Turkle discusses the impact of technology in human life through the young minds of students that she evidently observed. She further argues that the technology that embeds “in a culture that supports democracy, freedom of expression, tolerance, diversity, and complexity of opinion is one of the next decade’s greatest challenges” (Turkle, 2004). This paper will discuss whether the evocative object (i.e. computer) has helped to find the identity of the users or induced the users to lose their identity. Even though there are negative impacts from the advanced technology, Sherry Turkle proves that how technology has changed the way of leaning and thinking that helps to find the identity of individuals. Human Relationship with the Computer Computer has made the life easier by providing various applications and technologies. For example, while computer has replaced typewriter, it helps the students to become a better writer as they can “revise text, rearrange paragraphs, and experiment with the tone and shape of an essay” () while using word processing. Thus, the computer helps the students to improvise their writing. Human relationship with co... ... middle of paper ... ...clude the sense of human identity. People who express several aspects of self cannot develop the “aesthetic self,” as they have no experience in sharing the real feelings to others. People who express several aspects of self cannot develop the “aesthetic self,” as they have no experience in sharing the real feelings to others. Turkle’s analysis of the computer as a reminiscent object and the human relationship with the object helps us to understand online identity. Undoubtedly, technology has changed the way of leaning and thinking that helps to find the identity of individuals. As we are highly depend on technology and computer in recent times, the dependency and relationship with computer and technology are the potential to severely influence our formation of identity. As Erik Erikson and Turkle rightly said, internet has provide a safe place to find our identity.
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