Hamlet’s Blackberry: More on the Dangers of Over-Tech


Hot on the heels of Nicholas Carr’s red-hot  jeremiad (The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains) comes a same-vein book that will be great if it lives up to its irresistible title: Hamlet’s Blackberry, by William Powers.

Powers has a subtitle (A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age), but that title does it all, conjuring the absurdly delicious image of the moody Prince of Denmark standing on the parapets of the castle (Elsinore?) and. . . oh, this is good: completely missing the dire warnings of his father’s ghost because he is checking messages for the 55th time that day.

There’s a long WSJ review here, with this apt quote:

Mr. Powers argues that letting life turn into a blizzard of snapshots—that’s what all those screenviews amount to, after all—isn’t enough. We would be happier freeing ourselves for genuine, unfiltered experience and then reflecting on it, not tweeting about it.


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