When a human being becomes a set of data on a website like Facebook, he or she is reduced. Everything shrinks. Individual character. Friendships. Language. Sensibility. It reminds me that those of us who turn in disgust from what we consider an overinflated liberal-bourgeois sense of self should be careful what we wish for: our denuded networked selves don’t look more free, they just look more owned.

– Zadie Smith, Author

The most important reason to stop multitasking so much isn’t to make me feel respected, but to make you exist. If you listen first, and write later, then whatever you write will have had time to filter through your brain, and you’ll be in what you say. This is what makes you exist. If you are only a reflector of information, are you really there?

– Jaron Lanier, Author/Academic

Whenever I travel, in Turkey or abroad, when I reconnect with old friends and see the radiance in their eyes, I am reminded that technology can never be a substitute for the warmth that real human interaction engenders.

– Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish Prime Minister

It’s only by stepping away from our machines, after all, that we can begin to see how best to make use of them. Technology has given use the world; it’s up to us to now see what we can and will bring to technology.

– Pico Iyer, Author

I hate the metaphor of addiction [to technology]: it implies we have to get it away, give it away, wean off. This is great stuff. It’s not heroin. It’s just something we need to learn to use when most appropriate, powerful, and in our best interest.”

-Sherry Turkle
MIT Professor/Author of “Alone Together”

 



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