Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College

Loneliness and the Anti-Social Networks

Roger Berkowitz, Director of the Arendt Center, has just posted a review of Sherry Turkle's New Book Alone Together.

Turkle spoke at The Arendt Center's Fall Conference, Human Being in an Inhuman Age. You can view her talk here:

From The Review:

IN THE STUDIES THAT form the backbone of Turkle’s book, real-life humans often prefer the companionship offered by robots and networks of “friends” to the complicated relationships with real people. These friendships and relationships with machines are one-sided, diminished, and superficial; and yet, they are apparently satisfying – frequently more satisfying than real relationships. The trend is unmistakable: if we don’t consciously change our ways, she says, we will end up in the not-too-distant future devoid of the rich and mature relationships that mark us as human. More...

Roger Berkowitz
Roger Berkowitz is Associate Professor of Political Studies and Human Rights at Bard College, and Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities. He is also the author of "Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition", as well as co-editor of "Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics".