Left to Their Own Devices: How Digital Natives Are Reshaping the American Dream

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Prometheus Books, 2019 - 304 pagina's
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"Digital natives" are hacking the American Dream. Young people brought up with the Internet, smartphones, and social media are quickly rendering old habits and norms a distant memory, creating the greatest generation gap in history. In this eye-opening book, digital sociologist Julie M. Albright looks at our device-obsessed society, and the many ways in which the post World War II American Dream is waning for the Millennial generation.
Albright notes that in the former age of traditional media (dominated by three major TV networks and the national print media), values were more harmonized and time, synchronized. Today, with a deluge of information available 24/7, we are experiencing a sort of digital tribalism, with people coalescing inside of increasingly fragmented informational echo chambers. Digital media allows bad actors to enlarge the rifts between these siloed tribes in divide-and-conquer fashion, frothing up fears by propagating fake news and fake people online.
What are other effects of hyper-connectivity coupled with disconnection from stabilizing social structures? Albright sees both positives and negatives. On the one hand, mobile connectivity has given "digital nomads" the unprecedented opportunity to work or live anywhere. On the other hand, new threats are emerging, including cyberbullying and the ability to radicalize marginalized youth, decreased physical exercise, increased isolation, anxiety and loneliness, ephemeral relationships, fragmented attention spans, lack of participation in community activities and the political process, and detachment from the calm of nature or the refuge of religion.
In this time of rapid, global, technologically driven change, this book offers fresh insights into the effects of always-on devices on the family, community, business, and society at large.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

FOREWORD
9
Triad of Technological Immersion
30
The TurningPoint
41
The Wolves of Wall Street
51
SYNCHRONIZATION
61
Synchronization and Harmonization
68
5 Green Is Good
79
THE UNTETHERED ADULT
95
The Empathy
177
UNTETHERED FROM NATURE
183
Americas Best Idea
193
Instanature or the Mediated Sublime
203
Reconnecting with Nature
211
Rebalancing Nature and Culture
217
THE UNTETHERED WORKER
223
The Untethered Workplace
238

Because Choice
105
The Singularity Meets Her
115
GROWING UP DiGITAL
121
Living in the Now
130
You Are Valid
136
Unintentionally Exposed
143
YOUR BRAIN ON DIGITAL
151
Recoding Our Operating Systems
159
The No Latency Life
168
The Untethered Economy
249
UNTETHERED FROM THE BODY
259
Body Language in a Disembodied World
271
Digital Impacts on Analog Bodies
279
THE UNTETHERED WORLD
291
Our Increasingly Untethered World
299
Powering the Untethered World
307
Notes
319
Copyright

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Over de auteur (2019)

Julie M. Albright, PhD, is a sociologist specializing in digital culture and communications. She is a lecturer in the Applied Psychology and Engineering Departments at the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Albright's research has focused on the growing intersection of technology and social/behavioral systems. She was the co-principal investigator and project lead for the behavioral component of a $121 million smart-grid demonstration project with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the USC Information Sciences Institute, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and UCLA, which was funded by the US Department of Energy. She has also been a research associate with eHarmony. In addition, Dr. Albright has served as a peer reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, and a variety of professional publications. The author of a number of book chapters and multiple peer-reviewed articles, she has also given talks for major data-center and energy conferences, including SAP for Utilities, IBM Global, DatacenterDynamics, and the Department of Defense. She has appeared as an expert in such national media as the Today show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, CBS, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, NPR, and many others.

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