Before the fall 2011 incoming class arrives at Hampshire on September 1, every student will have read Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, by MIT professor Sherry Turkle. The book will be discussed as part of new student orientation and in first-year tutorial classes in the fall.
Alone Together is the third book in Turkle's nonfiction trilogy about our relationship with technology. It explores the ways that communication technologies like texting, email, and social networking sites have affected communication itself. According to a review in Publishers Weekly, Turkle's book "makes a strong case that what was meant to be a way to facilitate communications has pushed people closer to their machines and further away from each other."
Alone Together was one of four books selected by a committee of representatives from across the Hampshire faculty, staff from the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA) and the dean of student's office, a current first-year student, and two student orientation leaders. Tutorial faculty then chose Alone Together from among the four selections.
Each member of the fall 2011 entering class will receive a copy of the book by mail at the beginning of June.