Alone Together By Sherry Turkle

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The effects and impacts of technology continue to be a widely debated topic within the contemporary era. Sherry Turkle makes the provocative statement at the onset of her novel entitled, “Alone Together”, that suggests technology to be “seductive when it what if offers meets our human vulnerabilities”. (2011:1). Technology can be perceived to have primarily been designed for problem solving purposes, such as serving as a medium to improve efficiency or increase the production process, however, has since evolved into a platform that affects communication in various ways, for example by either boosting or hindering the human self-esteem.
Furthermore, as suggested by Turkle, technology is not considered for the advancements offered and made, but rather for the social factors contributed in society, such as the invention of ‘emoticons’ and various additional platforms for communication, such as ‘blogs’. Terms and phrases, such as “selfie” or “body-shaming”, and the
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Maria Popova, writer for Wired UK, brought attention to the transition in journalism as a result of technological advances by posing the following question to critically acclaimed reporters and academics in an article entitled, “The Big Question: New media's effect on Journalism”, “In the next decade, what new media platform will most affect journalism and self-expression?” (2010).
However, prior to examining and analysing the changes brought upon by new media, the history and evolution of journalism needs to be discussed. The need to share news and information as well as the need to hold authority or a higher power accountable has afforded journalism the necessary platform to exist and develop. While a few sources credit the origin of journalism, or the transmission of news, to the ‘word of mouth’ method, most document the origin of journalism to lie in China’s primary public information
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