The End of Absence

The End of Absence

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Soon enough, nobody will remember life before the Internet. What does this unavoidable fact mean? Those of us who have lived both with and without the crowded connectivity of online life have a rare opportunity. We can still recognize the difference between Before and After. We catch ourselves idly reaching for our phones at the bus stop. Or we notice how, midconversation, a fumbling friend dives into the perfect recall of Google. In this eloquent and thought-provoking book, Michael Harris argues that amid all the changes we're experiencing, the most interesting is the end of absence-the loss of lack. The daydreaming silences in our lives are filled; the burning solitudes are extinguished. There's no true qfree timeq when you carry a smartphone. Today's rarest commodity is the chance to be alone with your thoughts. Michael Harris is an award-winning journalist and a contributing editor at Western Living and Vancouvermagazines. He lives in Toronto, Canada.a€œthe filter bubblea€: Eli Pariser, The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web Is Changing What We Read and How We ... Latest numbers show Coursera hosts: a€œA Triple Milestone, a€ Coursera Blog for October 23, 2013, accessed January ... a€œa cathedral quits its sitea€: Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (London: Penguin, 2008), 6. ... a€œgood enough for all practical purposesa€: E. M. Forster, a€œThe Machine Stops, a€ Oxford and Cambridge Reviewanbsp;...

Title:The End of Absence
Author: Michael Harris
Publisher:Penguin - 2014-08-07

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