Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

Sherry Turkle

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If you’ve ready my review of Turkle’s previous book, “Alone Together,” you’ll know that I’m a big fan of hers. I think her message in “Reclaiming Conversation” continues to be thoughtful and needed. It’s only three stars for me, though, just because it retraces a lot of the same ground as AT, but in more of a hortatory than an expositional mode. There’s nothing wrong with that per se, and I hope that it will open up her message to a wider audience who might not have been ready to delve into the somewhat less accessible previous book. Maybe it is a personal reaction on my part–the content of AT put me very much in the mindset that she advances in RC, so the latter book ended up feeling somewhat superfluous.

My Goodreads rating: 3 stars