Hamlet's Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

Paperback | August 9, 2011

byWilliam Powers

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“A brilliant and thoughtful handbook for the Internet age.” —Bob Woodward

“Incisive ... Refreshing ... Compelling.” —Publishers Weekly

A crisp, passionately argued answer to the question that everyone who’s grown dependent on digital devices is asking: Where’s the rest of my life? Hamlet’s BlackBerry challenges the widely held assumption that the more we connect through technology, the better. It’s time to strike a new balance, William Powers argues, and discover why it's also important to disconnect. Part memoir, part intellectual journey, the book draws on the technological past and great thinkers such as Shakespeare and Thoreau. “Connectedness” has been considered from an organizational and economic standpoint—from Here Comes Everybody to Wikinomics—but Powers examines it on a deep interpersonal, psychological, and emotional level. Readers of Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point and Outliers will relish Hamlet’s BlackBerry.

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“A brilliant and thoughtful handbook for the Internet age.” —Bob Woodward “Incisive ... Refreshing ... Compelling.” —Publishers Weekly A crisp, passionately argued answer to the question that everyone who’s grown dependent on digital devices is asking: Where’s the rest of my life? Hamlet’s BlackBerry challenges the widely held assumpti...

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Our computers and mobile devices do wonderful things for us. But they also impose a burden, making it harder for us to focus, do our best work, build strong relationships, and find the depth and fulfillment we crave. How to solve this problem? Hamlet’s BlackBerry argues that we just need a new way of thinking, an everyday philosophy fo...

Award-winning media critic William Powers has written for theAtlantic, theNew York Times, theWashington Post, andMcSweeney's, among other publications. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife, the author Martha Sherrill, and their son.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:August 9, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061687170

ISBN - 13:9780061687174

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I did enjoy this book, I thought the perspective that humans have been searching for the fullest life while battling technology has existed throughout history. Worth a read.
Date published: 2014-03-24

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“Always connected. Anytime. Anyplace. We know it’s a blessing, but we’re starting to notice that it’s also a curse. In Hamlet’s Blackberry, William Powers helps us understand what being ‘connected’ disconnects us from, and offers wise advice about what we can do about it…. A thoughtful, elegant, and moving book.”