The Winter of Our Disconnect

The Winter of Our Disconnect

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The wise and hilarious story of a family who discovered that having fewer tools to communicate with led them to actually communicate more. When Susan Maushart first announced her intention to pull the plug on her family's entire armory of electronic weaponry for six months-from the itsy-bitsiest iPod Shuffle to her son's seriously souped-up gaming PC-her three kids didn't blink an eye. Says Maushart: qLooking back, I can understand why. They didn't hear me.q For any parent who's ever IM-ed their child to the dinner table, this account of one family's self-imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you LOLing with recognition. But it will also make you think. The Winter of Our Disconnect challenges readers to examine the toll that technology is taking on their own family connections, and to create a media ecology that instead encourages kids-and parents-to thrive. Indeed, as a self-confessed single mom who qslept with her iPhone, q Maushart knew her family's exile from Cyburbia wasn't going to be any easier for her than for her three teenagers, ages fourteen, fifteen, and eighteen. Yet they all soon discovered that the rewards of becoming qunpluggedq were more rich and varied than any cyber reality could ever be.How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone) Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale Susan Maushart ... Like Rapunzel pining for rampion, my craving for it grew so intense that my worried husband was forced to forage for ita€”in one case, ... I can order American music, books, and DVDs direct from Amazon. I can download American television direct from iTunesa€”occasionally going to heroic technological lengths to do so ( byanbsp;...

Title:The Winter of Our Disconnect
Author:Susan Maushart
Publisher:Penguin - 2011-01-20


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