Hamlet’s Blackberry

| August 23, 2011

Title: Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

Author: William Powers

Publisher: HarperCollins

Call Number: HM851 .P688 2010

From the Publisher:

Our computers and mobile devices do wonderful things for us. But they also impose a burden, making it harder for us to focus, do our best work, build strong relationships, and find the depth and fulfillment we crave.

How to solve this problem? Hamlet’s BlackBerry argues that we just need a new way of thinking, an everyday philosophy for life with screens. William Powers sets out to solve what he calls the conundrum of connectedness. Reaching into the past—using his own life as laboratory and object lesson—he draws on some of history’s most brilliant thinkers, from Plato to Shakespeare to Thoreau, to demonstrate that digital connectedness serves us best when it’s balanced by its opposite, disconnectedness. Lively, original, and entertaining, Hamlet’s BlackBerry will challenge you to rethink your digital life.

About the Author:

William Powers was born in Arizona and grew up in Rhode Island. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in history and literature. He began his journalism career at The Washington Post where in the 1990s he covered business, politics, popular culture, and other subjects. His widely read Post column, “The Magazine Reader,” launched his career as a leading thinker and writer on life in the age of information.

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