Sentimentality for Silicon

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September 02, 2017

Do you love your laptop? Feel affection for your phone? Some of us spend more time with our devices than our families. It’s kind of like your silicon best friend.  Isn’t that why we call it personal technology?  In this hour, we explore how deep those attachments go.

Robot boy

Alexander Weinstein’s “Children of the New World” is a collection of cautionary tales about extreme emotional attachment to software and silicon.  

Sonic Sidebar

Chuck Klosterman thinks the Internet has ruined a lot of things, including death.

A light in the dark (from a phone)

Filmmaker Astra Taylor wants to reclaim the democratic potential of personal technology.

ignored on the phone
Sonic Sidebar

For three decades, MIT professor Sherry Turkle's been looking at the ways we interact with machines. She believes our digital devices are taking a toll on our personal relationships.

Traveling into the phone

Doug Rushkoff believes personal technology is having an insidious effect on our relationship with time. He calls it “present shock.”

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