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The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection by [Harris, Michael]
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The End of Absence is a genial and philosophical tour through one man's anxieties surrounding digital life (The New York Times)

Harris has caught, with brilliant fidelity and incisiveness, a hinge-point in modern history: Before and After the Digital Rapture. The End of Absence deserves a place alongside Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death and Sherry Turkle's Life on the Screen. A great, important (and fun) read. I couldn't in good conscience lend out my copy: every other page is dog-eared (Bruce Grierson, author of What Makes Olga Run)

This is a lovely, direct, and beautifully written book that will make you feel good about living in the times we do. Michael Harris is honest in a way I find increasingly rare: clear, truthful, and free of vexation. A true must-read (Douglas Coupland, author of Worst. Person. Ever. and Generation X)

The End of Absence is a beautifully written and surprisingly rousing book. Michael Harris scans the flotsam of our everyday, tech-addled lives and pulls it all together to create a convincing new way to talk about our relationship with the Internet. He has taken the vague technological anxiety we all live with and shaped it into a bold call for action (Steven Galloway, author of The Confabulist and The Cellist of Sarajevo)

Everybody over sixty should read this book. The rest of the population will need no urging, unless they are too far gone to read anything longer than a blurb. The first part reads like a horror story, a shocking mind-thriller. In the second half the author, despite real foreboding, demonstrates in his own person that all is far from lost. Relief, after much learning (Margaret Visser, author of Much Depends on Dinner)

In this thoughtful, well-written book, Michael Harris combines personal narrative with the views of experts to show us that the digital revolution that envelops us contains traps that can lead us to understand less even as we seem to know more (Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice and Practical Wisdom)

About the Author

Michael Harris is an award-winning journalist and a contributing editor at Western Living and Vancouver magazines. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1041.0 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Current (7 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00INIYHFU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,013 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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