Clarifying an Argument
Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT, current director of the MIT initiative on Technology and Self, in her 2007 “Can You Hear Me Now?” for Forbes Magazine, she addresses the topic of technology and discusses society’s growing attachment and alienation caused by it. Turkle wrote the article for an educated, older and business interested audience, there are references and terms that need clarification for most people. She discusses the Blackberry throughout the article, which is not concretely defined. In this paper, I will clarify Turkle’s references and terms for better understanding.
In her article, Turkle “offer[s] five troubles that try [her] tethered soul” (272). These are the cause that technology has on people and one of the focus is on the Blackberry. In her second trouble, “Are we Losing Time to Take Our Time”, she states, “think of the BlackBerry user watching the BlackBerry movie of his life… People become alienated from their own experience and anxious about watching a version of their lives” (273) and the “BlackBerry Revolution”. However, she lacks describing what the device actually. For younger and present audience, the Blackberry does not have the same usage and significance, compared to readers of that time and audience. From describing it we can better understand what is and the effects of it.
The BlackBerry that Turkle is referring to is a wireless handheld communications device released in the early 2000’s. The significant of the device was that it “offer[s]
cellular phone service, wireless e-mail capability, and Internet access, the new ‘smartphones’ took the business world by storm” (BlackBerry). The Blackberry is used to make the lives of the busiest people more efficient. The reason that she uses the Blackberry, rather than other devices, was the popularity of it during that time. Since Forbes magazine is the a business magazine, the readers would know the BlackBerry more or own it than other device. Using this example allows the audience to have a connection between the audience and her article.
To investigate deeper into Turkle’s argument , we will look in to how people become alienated from their lives because of the “BlackBerry movie”. There is not much to find on the “BlackBerry movie” that she was referring to. However, from its context, it is depicted as the life that people want to have, while using the device. According to Merriam-Webster to alienate is “to make unfriendly, hostile, or indifferent especially where attachment formerly existed”. In this matter, Turkle is...