Review of 'Alone Together'

Tara Brabazon believes communication platforms enhance interactions when used appropriately Some books are worthy and earnest. Others sling "2.0", "digital native" or "zombie" into a title to show that the author is down with the kids. Very rarely, a book is published that plays tug of war with our beliefs. The words pull and jolt. These tug-of-war books are exceptional. Sherry Turkle has written two of them. Her Life on the Screen: Identity in the…

Looking Beyond the Pain Principle @timeshighered

Although the rich live longer than the poor within particular societies, life expectancy is "not related to average national income", she said, but to degrees of income equality. The same applied to most areas of "social pain" - from mental illness and teenage pregnancy to drug addiction and levels of imprisonment. Thus, a "politics of pain" must be concerned with equality. Jeremy Gilbert, reader in cultural studies at UEL, expressed annoyance with the slogan "Keep…