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.)
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.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt has on several occasions implored college graduates to find the meaning of life by putting away their devices. In this commencement address at the University of Pennsylvania, he told students to turn off their cellphones and “discover all that is human around us.”
In this slim volume, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff — who also wrote Cyberia, Coercion, Life Inc., and Media Virus — offers ten commands for a digital age, including “Do Not Always Be On” and “Live in Person.”
Virtual-reality pioneer Jaron Lanier makes a counterintuitive case against collectivist culture, arguing that we undermine individual creativity when we accept the “wisdom of crowds” and the “hive mind.”
Susan Maushart, the device-addicted mother described in the subtitle, tells an engaging and humorous story about what happened when she coerced her family into trying a six-month experiment in unplugging.
Environmental activist Bill McKibben, who writes eloquently about the limits of technology, explored the value of unplugging from media in a Thoreauvian 1990s experiment. In this book, he compares what we learn by watching television versus by experiencing things first-hand.
A documentary produced by students at Carleton College who tried to unplug for three weeks as a class project. Will they resist temptation, or will they cheat? (What would you do?) You can watch the trailer here via YouTube, view the movie on Hulu, or purchase the DVD from the college bookstore.
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
This article describes how one campus helped overwhelmed students cope with their “overscheduled, overprogrammed” lives by encouraging them to disconnect voluntarily from devices and give themselves a break.