This book is for anyone who has a creeping fear about their addiction to technology. Columnist, author, social commentator and mother of three, Maushart, decides to un-plug for six months, dragging her reluctant daughters into a electronic-media-less world.
This is a very readable, very funny, but very interesting account of those fraught six months - what it meant for family, what it meant for friends, what it meant for work. This account of one family's self-imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you gasping with recognition. It makes a perfect talking point and led to an hilarious and heated debate around our kitchen table.
As reviewed by Toni Whitmont in the May 2010 Booktopia Buzz. Click here to see all of Booktopia's Newsletters.
How three totally wired teenagers (and a mother who slept with her iPhone) pulled the plug on their technology and lived to tell the tale.
For any parent who's ever IM-ed their child to the dinner table - or yanked the modem from its socket in a show of primal parental rage - this account of one family's self-imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you ROFLing with recognition. But it will also challenge you to take stock of your own family connections, to create a media ecology that encourages kids - and parents - to thrive.
When journalist and commentator Susan Maushart first decided to pull the plug on all electronic media at home, she realised her children would have sooner volunteered to go without food, water or hair products. At ages 14, 15 and 18, her daughters and son didn’t use media. They inhabited media. Just exactly as fish inhabit a pond. Gracefully. Unblinkingly. And utterly without consciousness or curiosity as to how they got there. Susan’s experiment with her family was a major success and she found that having less to communicate with, her family is communicating more.
At the simplest level, The Winter of Our Disconnect is the story of how one family survived six months of wandering through the desert, digitally speaking, and the lessons learned about themselves and technology along the way. At the same time, their story is a channel to a wider view - into the impact of new media on the lives of families, into the very heart of the meaning of home.
About The Author
Columnist, author and social commentator Susan Maushart is a mother of three teenagers – and still finds time to be a control freak. She is a columnist for the Weekend Australian Magazine and is heard regularly on ABC Radio. Her four books have been published in eight languages.
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 3rd May 2010
Publisher: Transworld Publishers (Division of Random House Australia)
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.4