Monday morning, November 10th, in English 101

(8:10 am, after taking attendance) Today, after a week of focusing on our own writing, we’ll begin by turning our attention back to Turkle’s book. We’ve been reading Turkle’s words all semester, but this is a good time to hear her voice, to watch how she expresses herself in person in front of an audience, and to listen attentively. If you have not yet finished the book, keep her voice in your mind as you move to the end.

Turkle has a pretty even and controlled speaking voice, but she does slow down, enunciate, use hand gestures, and speak loudly for emphasis when she speaks: https://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together

Before I cue up this 20-minute talk, review this handout of words used to introduce quotations (we’ll also review them together in case you have questions about what any of these words mean): http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CLAS/Centers/writing/resources/Documents/Resources/Words%20to%20Introduce%20Quotations.pdf.

  • How does she represent her own opinion?
  • How does she present the ideas of people she interviews? What about people who question or doubt her?
  • Throughout the talk, record any bits of language (phrases, sentences) that you hear her emphasize most.
  • After you listen, I’ll ask you to choose language from the list to introduce those bits of language and we’ll record them on the board.

HERE’S THE LIST OF QUOTATIONS, WITH EXCELLENT INTRODUCTORY PHRASES, WE DEVELOPED TOGETHER: Introducing quotes with precision and clarity

After the break, we’ll discuss the midterm and we’ll talk about the schedule for the rest of the semester and I will describe how we will extend essay 2 into a well-developed research essay for essay 3.

Question 1: Most people missed the part of the paragraph about the “triumphalist narrative” — what does this mean?  What’s the “other story” Turkle is afraid will get lost when we read online?

Sample 1

When thinking of technology, we don’t often think about one important thing; the anxiety given to us by them. Technology has taken away certain “old school” things such as books. People now prefer to go online to read rather than opening up a book and reading from it. It’s thought that reading online is better, but in reality they don’t completely tell you the whole thing. When reading online, there’ll be links or easy access to pages such as Facebook, or other social media in which you can get distracted. There’ll almost never be a link relevant to what you’re reading; therefore the temptation to drop what you’re doing is always there, leading to anxiety. Reading a book however challenges the mind, helps you stay into the work, and helps you better stay on task. With the increase in technological use, books will soon be a thing of the past while things like eBooks or other online book sources will dominate, creating more and more distractions.

Question 2–How did you approach a big question like this?

Advice: List what kind of intimacy is present. Then list what’s lacking or artificial. Or vice versa. Then identify what feelings of connectedness are described in these sections when people are alone? What feelings of solitude can come up when people are connected? Don’t lose sight of the prompt. Keep re-reading it as you write your response (this goes for your papers as well).

Sample 1

    In “A beautiful thing”(116) and “temptation”(224) Turkle illustrates stories where humans find intimacy with people who we “imagine as things”(224). The intimacy displayed in “A Beauiful Thing” for example shows Edna, an 82-year-old great grandmother who when presented with a My Real Baby becomes nurturing towards the object. She relates it to one of her children who would say “banky” instead of blanket; Edna according to the researchers who observed her behavior with the My Real Baby conclude that she “gives the impression of wanting to be alone—“together” only with the robot”(116). Turkles claim that “in intimacy, [we find] new solitudes” is exemplified here because Edna’s new connection with the robot baby brought an intimate moment where she would have seem to want to be alone with this robot.

           In temptations, Turkles claim of “in solitude, [we find] new intimacies” is exemplified when she tries out “ChatRoulette” for the first time. She noticed also here that we objectify people as things. We judge them by appearance and next them if we don’t like them. I think turkle here displays that when we are alone, ChatRoulette can provide intimacy when we are alone, providing connections when we are missing it.

Sample 2

In the section, A Beautiful Thing, the type of intimacy that is being described is the need to fulfill our craving to have someone/something to care and confide in. By caring and confiding for a robot, the demands are less and there is no judgment. The person feels as though they can do no wrong and can continue to do rote activities with the robot without hearing any complaints. With a human or living thing, there are certain demands and expectations to be met, all at a constant inconsistency. For example, in the context between Edna and Amy, “the young child likes different types of toys, changes her snack preferences even over the course of the visit, and needs to be remembered on her birthday (Alone Together, 119).” It is hard to keep up with important dates, especially an evolving appetite of a child. Despite knowingthat it is inanimate, Edna begins to show attention to the My Real Baby as if it was a living thing, and less attention to Amy. Amy begins to whine and beg for her attention leaving everyone in the room in a feeling of uneasiness. However, for Edna, “My Real Baby gives her confidence that she is in a landscape where she can get things right (Alone Together, 119).”

In Temptation, it is a different kind of intimacy described. In this passage, we get a sense of intimacy through connectivity. “Connectivity becomes a craving; when we receive a text or an e-mail, our nervous system responds by giving us a shot of dopamine (Alone Together, 227).” We turn to computer generated programs for life and lose ourselves in it. There, we can be who we want to be and it is easier to attain our goals online than real life. However, we can still have the best of both worlds by having a separate life online and still function in real life. Websites such as chat roulette or even as simple as constant communication through email and text, it allows us to be by ourselves and still be connected to others. Both passages however lack emotional development in being able to personally socialize with each other. We prefer to be in connection to technology to give us a feeling of fulfillment rather than confide in each other. We lack in acceptance of criticism and flaws.

Both context together exemplify the main claim of “in intimacy, [we find] new solitudes,” and “in solitude, [we find] new intimacies,” because in A Beautiful Thing, although people have the convenience of human interaction with friends and family member, they find themselves to prefer to be with a robot instead. The evolving and constant demands of human and living things are hard to keep up with unlike a robot, you can never be or do wrong. “Jonathan distrusts people; it is easy for him to feel humiliated. Edna is a perfectionist who knows that she can no longer meet her own standards. In both cases, the robot relaxes them and prompts remembrance (Alone Together, 119).”  Temptation in my opinion, shows that through being solitude, we find new intimacies. Online activities such as Chatroulette, World of Warcraft and Second Life, allow us to be alone yet still be connected and able to communicate with each other and meet more people due to the convenience of global network. You are able to be who you really are or whoever you want without feeling insecure. “In the flow state, you have clear expectations and attainable goals. You can concentrate on a limited field so that anxiety dissipates and you feel fully present (Alone Together, 226).”

For Wednesday’s class, please respond to this post with a comment of about 200 words that responds to the following prompt in a well-developed paragraph:

Review how Turkle describes the idea of writing letters (rather than emailing or texting) on pages 270 to 271. Then, read the epilogue. Why does Sherry Turkle insist on presenting this book as “a letter”? What does she want her readers to take from the experience of giving and receiving letters and apply to the experiences of daily life? If you were writing a book as a letter, to whom would you address it and why?

Please make sure your paragraph does all of the following:

  • quotes from Turkle’s conclusion or epilogue at least once, introducing that quote by using the best possible term from the list we looked at in class (see the top of this post for that list)
  • includes an in-text citation in MLA format
  • includes a clear topic sentence

27 Comments

  1. Turkle insist on presenting this book as a letter to captivate her readers attention, like her daughter rebecca who she talked about throughout the book. She describes “An extended telephone call or letter these rare and difficult things demonstrates full attention” (271), because, of this Turkle wants her readers to have that special and personal connection that technological communication`s fail to bring. Throughout the years we have moved further away from the old ways of communication, before text messages and emails were letters which makes people feel closer and have a permanent place in your heart, Turkle contemplates “ I remember our letters as long, emotional, and filled with conflict…Forty years later, I find the letters and feel as though I hold her heart in my hands” (297). This makes me want to write a letter to my friend`s who no longer want to communicate unless it is with a quick text I want to grasp their attention and really make them think about the way our communication is changing.
    Mariama Camara

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  2. Sending and receiving letters are long lasting whereas texting and emailing are temporary. Turkle expresses about “the exchanged letters with her mother during her first time away from home and she describes those letters were like holding mother’s heart in her hands” (297). After forty years, she cherishes her mother’s handwritten letters and its content by comparing the way she interacts with her daughter now using technology. Therefore, Turkle wants this book “as letter” to her daughter, Rebecca, to have a similar record of memories that she had from her mother. The author also indicates her readers to apply the same experience of correspondence in their life. I would write a book “as a letter” to myself which I occasionally do, to my children and for younger generation. Writing for self is to remind and record my own life experiences and could relive and enjoy in future through memories. I would do the same to my children and to younger generation but for different reason; to show them history of my life in 21st century. Additionally, I wouldn’t record my daily life activities in computer file because there are possibilities of effecting on memory like “Gordon Bell.”Turkle points out, “Bell suspects his project may be changing the nature of his memory” (301).

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  3. Writing letters allows you to express yourself and add a personal touch rather than sending an email or chatting online. From reading the context, I believe that Sherry Turkle insisted on presenting this book as a letter based on her experience in the past of the intimate feeling she felt when exchanging letters. As examined and identified, “… These young people need help (295),” therefore she wrote this book as a letter for the young generation to recognize the problem with technology. Through letters, one can feel the intimacy through a sense of human connection. As you read a handwritten letter, it is as if you can have a sense of emotion and effort felt by the writer while sharing their thoughts within the letter. In addition, it also speaks to the future like a time capsule when you look back at it years from now. As Turkle brings forth a memory during her college years, she speaks about a time when Turkle and her mother would constantly exchange letters weekly due to the expenses of communication through a telephone. She retells, “I remember our letters as long, emotional, and filled with content… Forty years later, I find the letters and feel as though I hold her heart in my hands (297).” Turkle wants her readers to know the importance of having emotions with our memories rather than relying on technology to store it for us. Also, she stresses the difference of face to face communication rather than via email, chat, etc. She illustrates, “Our eyes ‘light up’ with interest and ‘darken’ with passion or anxiety… humans need to be brought up by humans (292)”. It is through socialization one can develop to their full potential and if raised by technology, it would be a different story. If I was writing a book as a letter to inform a targeted crowd, I would address it to the younger generation because they are the future of our world. Through the letter, I can better express the point I am attempting to get across and develop a relationship with the reader.

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  4. Turtle maintains her though of putting her book as a letter in order to catch her readers attention, like rebecca her daughter that she mentions in the book. Turkle wants to describe the expected problem of miss communication that technology brings along. She compares how communication have changed, she explained how a letter or a phone call makes you feel closer to the ones you love the opposite of a dry text message or an email. It is really different because a letter makes you feel that someone used their time to dedicate to you. “ I remember our letters as long, emotional, and filled with conflict. Forty years later, I find the letters and feel as though I hold her heart in my hands” (P. 297) this issue is somehow related to my personal life for example my friends no longer want to meet up and go out, even when i call them they are always busy and their answer is “text me”. It is sad how there are people that don’t even pay attention to the huge change that our system is having.

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    • Gabe–thanks for this thoughtful post. When introducing a quote, please use the method we practiced in class on Monday morning. See the introductory phrases handout and choose an appropriate option to introduce the quote on 297, then re-post that part of your here as a reply to my comment! You did this really well in class–use the same method here. DZ

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      • Turtle maintains her though of putting her book as a letter in order to catch her readers attention, like rebecca her daughter that she mentions in the book. Turkle wants to describe the expected problem of miss communication that technology brings along. She compares how communication have changed, she explained how a letter or a phone call makes you feel closer to the ones you love the opposite of a dry text message or an email. It is really different because a letter makes you feel that someone used their time to dedicate to you. Turkle expresses “ I remember our letters as long, emotional, and filled with conflict. Forty years later, I find the letters and feel as though I hold her heart in my hands” (P. 297) this issue is somehow related to my personal life for example my friends no longer want to meet up and go out, even when i call them they are always busy and their answer is “text me”. It is sad how there are people that don’t even pay attention to the huge change that our system is having.

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  5. Turkle thinks handwritten letters convey more feelings, emotion and realness. In this regard she says when she compares the way of communication with her mother and daughter she finds communication with her mother is more successful. Her experience makes her think that written letters carries, “pleasures” which is missing in technological communication. As she correspondent letters with her mother, their letters were long and filled with affection. These letters are for forever, her mother is not alive but her messages for Turkle are still alive through these handwritten letters.Turkle illustrates, “I find the letters and feel as though I hold her heart in my hands.” Turkle says about her mother’s last letter, “her letter, coded, carried the weight of future letters that would never be written.”On the other hand the technological communication she has with her daughter Rebecca she thinks this are “brief” and “breezy”. Therefore, she questioned about her daughter, if she (Rebecca) will know her mother’s heart through their constant but brief texting. Turkle points out, “constant texting” inform the quick updates but hides the long stories and emotions behind those brief moments. Therefore Turkle says, “As I asked to Rebecca about the pleasure of my correspondence with my mother” she replied, ‘so send me a letter.’ And so I have.”I would say Turkle has written this book as a letter to prove her statement, to make her readers realize or experience that a letter can convey or express ideas and feelings more than brief and quick technological communication.It’s a letter not only to her daughter but also to everyone in order to remind us that technology cannot replace real life moments. If I were writing a book as a letter, I would write this to my best friends whom I left in my country. I would do so because they never want short replies from me; they want to know the moments of my life. Since some moments of life that text messages cannot express therefore I would prefer to write a letter to them to express my feelings in more “tangible and “real” way.

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  6. I assume Sherry Turkle insisted on presenting this book as a letter due to the fact her experience with her mother’s had such a deep impact on her. She explains how during college her and mother would send letters to each other and even forty years later, she remembers them and she feels as if she’s “holding her mother’s heart in her hands” (297). This shows she feels quite passionately of the facts that letters are a better way of expression. She wants the next generation to be able to feel emotion in remembering the past and probably being able to physically touch the message rather than forgetting it if you had received it as a text message or anything similar. I think this book isn’t only a letter to her daughter; it’s for all of us and the generations to come. She wants to influence us and teach us that the old fashioned way of communicating is a lot more “beautiful”, per se, than a simple thumb using text.

    wilmar serna

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      • Turkle maintains her though of putting her book as a letter in order to catch her readers attention, like rebecca her daughter that she mentions in the book. Turkle wants to describe the expected problem of miss communication that technology brings along. She compares how communication have changed, she explained how a letter or a phone call makes you feel closer to the ones you love the opposite of a dry text message or an email. It is really different because a letter makes you feel that someone used their time to dedicate to you. turkle expresses “ I remember our letters as long, emotional, and filled with conflict. Forty years later, I find the letters and feel as though I hold her heart in my hands” (P. 297) this issue is somehow related to my personal life for example my friends no longer want to meet up and go out, even when i call them they are always busy and their answer is “text me”. It is sad how there are people that don’t even pay attention to the huge change that our system is having.

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  7. Sherry turkle describes the importance of writing a letter to someone rather then just texting the person.A letter is full of feeling and emotions.You can design it,it has your handwriting on it and the person who will receive the letter knows that you actually took time to write the letter to him/her.They know that you went out of what you doing and take time to write to them.Sherry turkle added that “E-mail get deleted, but a letter get stored in the drawer”(171).

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  8. Shakyla Clayton

    Turkle wrote the book as a letter to express how important it is to create lasting bonds with one another. To create something that one day in the future means something more. As Turkle sends her daughter, Rebecca, off to college she reminisces when she left home for the first time, “I sit in my basement surrounded by musty boxes, looking for the letters that my mother and I exchanged during my first year in college,” reminiscing on the time she spent away from home brought her to look for these letters, “Forty years later, I find the letters and feel as though I hold her heart in my hands”(297). These letters gave her a sense of nostalgia, but also it made her question, “In forty years, what will Rebecca know of her mother’s heart as she found her way toward something new?” In these short texts and Skype messages what significance will it hold many years later? Turkle wants a bond with her daughter that she will be able to look back to years later and feel the same bond Turkle had with her mother

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  9. Sherry Turkle feels that writing letters show the true emotion and thought process of communication, while texting doesn’t show emotion or effort at all. Sherry believes that “texting makes it easy to lie”(298),texting doesn’t show our true emotions or where we are or how we feel. Sherry insist on writing this book as a letter because a letter has so much meaning and can hold so much emotion.Sherry wants her readers to understand how texting doesn’t hold the same emotion as a letter, A letter is planned and has a process to it and takes time, while a text is quick and doesn’t hold the same meaning as a letter. If i wrote a book in a form of a letter I would write it to my mom. My mom is the most important women in my life and a letter can go a long way rather than a text that is just here for the moment.

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  10. When people text or email this shortens our connection with our friends and family, however with letters and making phone calls, it is the opposite. Turkle wants their readers to know that “An extended telephone call or letter -these rare and difficult things-demonstrates full attention.” (Turkle 270) These demonstrations show how close we can get without the use of technology. She shows how Skype works with long distance relationship with her daughter. At first it looked great to contact her daughter most of the time but as time passed they both wanted less time using technology for communication. At the end Turkle and her daughter decided to write letters instead.

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  11. Sherry Turkle explains the difference between sending a writing letters and emailing or texting somebody. She emphasized that when we are writing a letter to somebody that person is received our full attention. Compare to emailing and texting, we actually can do it with many people and don’t pay the necessary attention to each person. Another point that she mentioned was when we talk using Skype, she describes that even that we are seeing the person, we can’t make eye contact. In addition when people interact using skype even that they cannot share emotions as face to face communication we feel the necessity to look great to the other person, as we do when we interact face to face. “I want her to see me at my best, able to cope. I don’t want her to worry.” (298) By sending writing letters instead on texting or emailing we share more emotions to the person. In addition, the person can keep the letter forever. Turkle considers that by writing her book as a letter she must caught her readers attention.

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  12. Turkle presents this book as a letter to grab her reader’s attention, and to demonstrate her concerns relating to everyone. Turkle finds a way to show us personal connections that are interrupted by the use of technology and technological communication. Turkle illustrates “In this book I have referred to our vulnerabilities rather than our needs.”(295) Therefor, she connects to society; saying today is driven by the choices around us. Turkle feels a letter has more of a meaning because that person took the time to illustrate their thoughts and concerns and it feels as if more time and thought was put into it. The short texts, emails and text messages we send in today’s day, don’t give the same notice and its importance seems to be less, even when dealing with big situations. Turkle does point towards a younger age group because they are most likely the ones to be most affected. Presenting this text as a letter is like a guide for this society, making them realize how distant human relationships are coming but proving how important they are in our lives. “At the extreme, we are so enmeshed in our connections that we neglect each other.” (294) In a letter she tries using this sense of human connection, to show her readers, how big her concern is and how well she knows where and why humans are vulnerable.

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  13. Writing a letter takes someone’s dedication and time, while texting or sending an email it just a general way of having a general conversation with anyone. Sherry Turkle implies that “An extended telephone call or letter- these rare and difficult things- demonstrates full attention” (271). Turkle concurs with Brad, “Getting a letter is so special because it is meant only for you…. It feels so complimentary” (271), knowing that someone is taking their real time just for you, it’s remarkable. A letter means something, is unique and personal, rather than a text or email it takes someone full attention, that’s what Turkle believe.

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  14. The reason why Turkle insists on presenting this book as a letter, is to encounter and capture her daughter Rebecca’s attention, while her being away in college. Turkle expresses “Forty years later, I find the letters and feel as though I hold her heart in my hands (297).” Turkle finds letters that her and her mother wrote to each other while she was away in college, and she wants to share that experience with her daughter now that she is away for college. Instead of a text or a skype video call, you can’t even see the person in eye. A letter is a better way of staying touch. The idea of writing a letter rather than texting is special, “Getting a letter is so special because it is meant only for you… It feels so complimentary, especially nowadays (271).” A letter is written especially for you, so for someone to go out of their way and take time of their own to write you a letter is special. I personally enjoy reading long letters. If I were writing a book as a letter, I would definitely address it to my mother. I think she would enjoy the idea and she as well would do the same.

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  15. Turkle believe that sending letters convey to a more personal, sentiment and realness to whoever is getting it. A letter is special because someone went out of their time and gave their full attention to write you that letter and it was only meant for you. On the contrast, e-mailing and texting are impersonal; it could have come from anyone. E-mails and texts could get deleted, but a letter can be stored and could be re-read. Turkle expresses that sending a letter can carry emotion, she points out “the exchanged letters with her mother during her first time away from home and she describes those letters were like holding mother’s heart in her hands”. Turkle implies that this book as a letter because she made it a personal to the reader and brought us to a serious problem to us. If I were to write a book as a letter, it will address it to my family because all of us just text each other, never have an real actual conversation.

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  16. Turkle’s idea of writing letter as oppose to e-mails and texts(270-271) reveals that she finds e-mailing and texting to be ephemeral and because so, it causes her to hold back on being “charming”(271) during her conversation with her daughter Rebecca. Turkle’s views on texts and e-mails concerns her that brief “[their] breezy, information-filled encounters”(271) will cause people like her daughter Rebecca to lose a close remembrance to look back at, similar to what Turkle has in the letters between her and her mother during her years in college – “I find the letters(between Turkle’s Mother and her) and feel as though I hold her heart in my hands…I experience my mortality. In forty years, what will Rebecca know of her mother’s heart as she found her way toward something new?”(271).​

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  17. Turkle believes that letters are long-lasting, personal, and more meaningful than emails or text messages, which can be deleted later on. Keeping this in mind, Turkle mentions that, “an extended telephone call or a letter–these rare and difficult things–demonstrates full attention” (271). Through this statement, Turkle shows that things which require more thought and time, such as writing a letter, is more meaningful because the other person is able to a level of intimacy and closeness that is felt even years later. This is proven when Turkle reveals to readers that the letters she received from her mother forty years ago, “feel as though [she] I hold her heart in my hands” (297). Turkle shows how letters never fade with time and still bring about feelings that will live on along with the memories we carry within our hearts over the years. Through her own book, Turkle insists on presenting it as a letter because it’ll touch people in a different way, even years from now, and will continue to live on. Understanding the closeness and meaning behind receiving a written letter, will allow us to appreciate the time and full attention of others; it encourages us to make time for others.

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  18. Sherry Turkle insists as presenting her book as a letter because she wants to get the full attention of the readers and to be understood. Throughout her book, Turkle observes that nowadays people connection was less worthy and the conversations had no emotions at all. Turkle proves that the conversations that she had with her daughter in skype were shorts, “the digital is only ephemeral if you do not take the trouble to make it permament,”(299). A letter “codes, carries the weight of future letters that would never be written,” Turkle states by holding again her mother’s letter. (298) If I write a book as a letter I would address it to my kids or my future kids. To my kids because they will put their full attention in my book and they will read it as I was there with them. They will have some piece of me and will be able to read it each time they want.

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  19. Khadijah Martin
    ENG101

    When Turkle discusses that she prefers writing letter than texting or emailing because writing a letter has more sincerity than just typing an email or texting someone. Sherry discusses that u should recognize when someone is trying to be sincere. “(271) The letter , like, she wrote it, she took her time writing it , and you know it came from her. The email , its impersonal and so is a text message”. Meaning emails and text can get deleted , letters get stored forever. A personal letter you can create things to it and make it come from the heart. It shows that its you , by your hand writing , maybe even your scent. Sherry insists on presenting this book as a “ letter” because she wants us to know that what she is saying is from her heart and real to the point where she wants us to understand her and focus on what she is really trying to say. Turkle wants readers to notice that our lives aren’t on a screen. Notice what you live for. We don’t live to be on a computer screen. If I was to write a letter to someone I would send it to my mother, Only because our communication between us has been really bad. I got kicked out of my house at 18 years old. Ever since then our relationship has been rocky. My letter would let her know that I forgive her and want to make things better. Usually we just text each other. Sometimes that’s just not good enough for me because I do want a relationship back with her. I believe that letter would let her know that im sincere and very serious about making things better between us so we both could feel comfortable around each other.

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  20. In the book “Alone together” Sherry Turkle explains that by
    presenting this book as a letter to us, will help to us to know of why she went the trouble of making? And how it will give a better understanding through here experience as a mother and psychologist. In the book Turkle describes that she rather have a phone conversation rather than to text because she feels that “if you call, you’re putting yourself out there”.When you text, it gives you time to think what you want to say before you say it.That being said,Turkle feels that people can lie while their screen but when there is a phone conversation you can at least tell that that person is they are lying or not.

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  21. Back then technology was more limited, people had telephones sure, but writing a letter was still an effective and important means of communication. Letters made feelings and worlds tangible, gave them actual physical weight. Writing a letter can mean so much to the other person, its meant only for that person and the fact that you are taking the time out to write a detailed letter that could of been a short textmessage. Herb, part of the senior group at filmore explains how he feels when he receives letters from his girlfriend , ” The letter, like she wrote it, She took her time writing it, and you know it came from her… the fact that you can touch it is reall important” [271]. You can really feel a sort of itimacy from a sense of human connectivity. Turkle desribes a time when her and her mother used to exchanged letters ” I remember our letters as long, emotional, and filled with content… Fortty years later , i find the letters and feel as though i hold her heart in my hands” [297] Basically , Turkle wants her readers to understand how important it is have emotions and memories verbally and being able to express it besides a short text or a little email. when a letter can mean so much more. having a bunch of stored saved up texts, videos which can get deleted and be leaked at any time , but instead you can have a draw full of heart filled detailed/ personal letters that is just for you and that you can keep for a life time and reminisce 🙂

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