A Singular Life in A Crowded World

Book - 2017
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The capacity to be alone--properly alone--is one of life's subtlest skills. Real solitude is a contented and productive state that garners tangible rewards: it allows us to reflect and recharge, improving our relationships with ourselves and, paradoxically, with others. Today, the zeitgeist embraces sharing like never before. Fueled by our dependence on online and social media, we have created an ecosystem of obsessive distraction that dangerously undervalues solitude. Many of us now lead lives of strangely crowded loneliness--we are ever-connected, but only shallowly so. Award-winning author Michael Harris examines why our experience of solitude has become so impoverished, and how we may grow to love it again in the frenzy of our digital landscape. Solitude is an optimistic and encouraging story about discovering true quiet inside the city, inside the crowd, inside our busy and urbane lives. Harris guides readers away from a life of ceaseless pings toward a state of measured connectivity, one that balances solitude and companionship. Rich with true stories about the life-changing power of solitude, and interwoven with reporting from the world's foremost brain researchers, psychologists and tech entrepreneurs, Solitude is a beautiful and prescriptive statement on the benefits of being alone
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780385686044
Branch Call Number: 155.92 HAR 2017
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 22 cm


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May 02, 2019

His is a subjective analysis, on the ultimate subjectivity, consciousness. And this is a subjective review....
This is a belly flop of a book on 2 counts. First, it's mistitled: it's not on solitude, the universal human experience, it's (mostly) on how digital media modulate that experience. If you're not immersed in social media up to your eyebrows, it's of little interest. Second, and more importantly, it's solemn twaddle, the sort of pretentious narcissistic trash that readers of Serious Novels cherish. (Emotion is not transcendent however prettily it is dressed up.)
The root of loneliness is separation, and, hint, not from people.

Nov 10, 2017

Thoughtful and thought-provoking, and beautifully written. I also admire Sherry Turkle's work, but she is an academic; this is a complementary and
more literary and deeper work. Highly recommended whether you are tightly tethered to your devices or regularly turn them off!

Jcheng1234 Sep 10, 2017

A very different perspective of looking at solitude in this socially connected yet lonely and isolated society. It ignites my desire to experience solitude and search for my neglected inner self. His radical and insightful approach of looking at Technology and Social Media bring my awareness to their impact on our lives and make me seriously wonder how it is going to shape and change our lives and behaviour in the future! Interesting book to read!

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