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September 2012

Feed (A Novel)

This sci-fi story by M.T. Anderson imagines a future world where people connect to the Internet through feeds implanted in their brains. When a hacker disables their feeds and teenagers get a taste for thinking on their own, they decide to fight for more disconnection. (A National Book Award finalist.)

Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier

This PBS Frontline documentary by Rachel Dretzin and Douglas Rushkoff looks at the ups and downs of our transition to online culture — from the risks of digital addiction to the opportunities of interactive learning. The website features interviews with Mark Bauerlein, danah boyd, Henry Jenkins, Clifford Nass, Todd Oppenheimer, Marc Prensky, Sherry Turkle and other leading thinkers. Watch the full program online here.

The End of Solitude

In this essay, William Deresiewicz discusses how technology is taking our ability to be alone — or, rather, how we are doing this to ourselves. When he asked students about the place that solitude has in their lives, one of them said she was so unsettled by being along that she must sit with friends while doing homework. Another asked him, “Why would anyone

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