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Sherry Turkle

  • Computers are not good or bad; they are powerful.

  • Technology doesn't just do things for us. It does things to us, changing not just what we do but who we are.

    • Sherry Turkle,
    • "Everyone Gets Their 15 Megabytes of Fame," in Minneapolis Star Tribune ()
  • Terrified of being alone, yet afraid of intimacy, we experience widespread feelings of emptiness, of disconnection, of the unreality of self. And here the computer, a companion without emotional demands, offers a compromise. You can be a loner, but never alone. You can interact, but need never feel vulnerable to another person.

Sherry Turkle, U.S. academic, writer, educator

(1948)