Sherry Turkle explains in her 2004 article that people’s thoughts are influenced by technology, and this new information changes the way we process these new thoughts. She used an example from one of the classes that she taught at MIT in the early 70’s on the subject of psychology. The lesson included Freud’s theory of the Freudian slip. The conversation was understood to mean that when you make a Freudian slip you are confused, and the thoughts you have are coming out in a vocal way even when you tried to suppress them. One of her students, not at psychology major, thought about the discussion in a more mechanical way she said that our brains are becoming like our technology and there can be a syntax error or misinterpretation. She interpreted the Freudian slip in an analytical and mathematical way.
Turkle continues her argument with how she became interested in studying how technology impacts our lives.
The article is broken into several sections including: privacy, Avatars, PowerPoint, Word processing, face value, electronic recreation and how we are detached. Each section she delves into the topic and some of what she says is inline with what we have discussed in class.
Turkle wrote in depth how in 2004 we had changed the way we interact with technology and how the transition from writing on paper and words processors caused people to lose the ability to think ahead.
Michelle wrote about privacy in her blog, and touched on the way we interact with our computers. Michelle also said in her blog post:
I think computers are making us somewhat lazy. We no longer have to think before we write things out. If we don’t like how something is worded, we can change it in an instant. Backspace!
Computers are causing us to think in digital world mode, not real life mode. And I think we should cherish the face to face interaction we get now because who knows how long it will last.
It is an interesting point that we have embraced this new way of thinking an integrated it into how we approach life and new projects.
For me the process has been seamless, the transition from a typewriter to word processor and now my trusty laptop.
At least I assume it to be seamless.
I like that I can type out some information, a poem, or email and then think about what I have just written and if necessary make some changes and press save. I do not think that we are lazy with these new approaches instead I think we are using our brain in bigger and better ways than ever before.
I think digital mode is becoming real life mode and that the way we interact with our phones, laptops and other equipment and household appliances is freeing up our brains to think larger than we ever have before.
I think digital mode is becoming real life. Not replacing, but becoming an integration of our technology and how we interface with it. I wonder what things would be like today if people like Ken Olsen had been more forward thinking.
Turkle, Sherry. “How Computers are change the Way We Think.” The Chronicle of Education. 2004. Web. http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~comp300/documents/HowComputersChangeThinking.pdf