The End Of Absence: The Reclaiming What We've Lost In A World Of Cons by Michael HarrisThe End Of Absence: The Reclaiming What We've Lost In A World Of Cons by Michael Harris

The End Of Absence: The Reclaiming What We've Lost In A World Of Cons

byMichael Harris

Paperback | May 5, 2015

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Only one generation in history (ours) will experience life both with and without the Internet. For everyone who follows us, online life will simply be the air they breathe. Today, we revel in ubiquitous information and constant connection, rarely stopping to consider the implications for our logged-on lives.

Michael Harris chronicles this massive shift, exploring what we’ve gained—and lost—in the bargain. In this eloquent and thought-provoking book, Harris argues that our greatest loss has been that of absence itself—of silence, wonder and solitude. It’s a surprisingly precious commodity, and one we have less of every year. Drawing on a vast trove of research and scores of interviews with global experts, Harris explores this “loss of lack” in chapters devoted to every corner of our lives, from sex and commerce to memory and attention span. The book’s message is urgent: once we’ve lost the gift of absence, we may never remember its value.

MICHAEL HARRISis a contributing editor atWestern LivingandVancouvermagazine. His award-winning writing appears regularly in magazines such asThe WalrusandFriezeand has been featured in several books. He lives in Vancouver.
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Title:The End Of Absence: The Reclaiming What We've Lost In A World Of ConsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443426288

ISBN - 13:9781443426282

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Observations I really enjoyed the book – so much so that I tried to make it a slow read; lingering on pages and reflecting on chapters both alone and in discussions with friends. I learned a lot. Bravo Michael!
Date published: 2014-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For us eighties kids. The reflections of the only generation who will know life with and without the internet, this waxes (but also wanes) poetic. There are some lovely reflections in here about the absences we have lost in our lives: the quiet times, the idle daydreaming, the time away from loved ones. And Michael Harris hasn't written some screed about these losses proposing unlikely projects to reverse them. He accepts them with the kind of melancholic awareness that we reserve for those things we can never reclaim. We mourn their passing, but move on with life. But, there are just one too many sociological interruptions into his more lyrical moments, which I guess were needed for "relevance". Or in a nod to the hard sciences. So not as perfect as it could have been but still close.
Date published: 2014-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Debut Hooray!
Date published: 2014-06-17