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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (1 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684833484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684833484
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar. 2001
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This is quite heavy reading. After all, it is a researcher who has written it, and it shows (for instance, about one seventh of the book is notes). It took a while to get into, and even then it happened that I lost track when there were too much psychological references (I did better with the philosophical ones and, of course, with all the computer science stuff). So, what is this book about? It focuses on the human side of Human-Computer Interaction and Computer Mediated Communication (by email, IRC, web-chats, MUDs and such). It addresses important and interesting questions like how ones own personality is affected if one on the net puts on another personality, or even another gender, and how ordinary people reacts to the question of artificial life - whether it is actually possible or not. Turkle shows that exploring and developing ones personality at the Internet can be both good and bad. Some people eases personal pains and overcome difficulties by experimenting with what they want to become, while others grew envious of the digital alter egos and are left feeling stuck in their real lifes. Very thought-provoking stuff! What I liked best, though, is that Turkle takes MUD and IRC dead seriously.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct. 1998
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Turkle's thesis seems to be that cyberspace encourages us to explore new identities--not very controversial. However, she does provide a lot of interesting stories about life on the internet and the book is very well-written. I use her Introduction to start off my class in technology and it generates a lot of discussion.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Mar. 1999
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Turkle's book is a good read, but can not be taken as authorative. She seems to have fallen into the same trap as most of the online researchers do. Turkle expresses her findings as though they come from a similar group of online people. The Internet is filled with various groups and ideologies. Cross-cultural comparison is fine, but considering everyone online as the starting point for an argument is just asking for disaster. It is because of this that Sherry and many others like her have written books that are good for a read but useless academically.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 1998
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By grounding her observations in the lives of actual users, Trukle provides a unique, insightful look at "life on the screen," free from much of the usual hyperbole, speculation, and conjecture.
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By A Customer on 23 Jun. 1997
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This text is quite outstanding. Turkle has produced an amazing integration of technology and sociology in this work. Using ethnography, Turkle distinquishes herself from many popular writers with her emphasis on listening to people explain how *they* make sense out of the net. Works such as this which are so careful in their claims and humanistic in scope are quite difficult to find. Snap up this text in softover, and learn about the ways in which we, in the electronic age, may be seen to live on, and through, the screen,

David J. Paterno
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