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Why We Don't Talk to Each Other Anymore : The De-Voicing of Society - John L. Locke

Why We Don't Talk to Each Other Anymore

The De-Voicing of Society

Paperback Published: 31st August 1999
ISBN: 9780684855745
Number Of Pages: 260

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We Have Arrived at the Information Age -- But Not in Person

E-mail, voice mail, fax machines, beepers. Technology is overwhelming us with information, driving out the sound of human voices. We have gained the advantage of nearly constant interaction with others but make only partial connections; in the process, we are losing something precious. In this witty and intelligent book, prominent psycholinguist John Locke takes a hard look at what we are really missing as intimate forms of self-expression vanish.

Talking is the way we build and maintain relationships. Talking is the way that we learn to trust one another. But we now spend our days exchanging electronic factoids, leaving us little time to "just talk." Without intimate conversation, we can't really know others well enough to trust them or work with them harmoniously. We even lose track of our own selves -- our sense of humor, our own particular way of looking at things. We become lonely.

Keenly perceptive and though-provoking, "Why We Don't Talk to Each Other Anymore" is a provocative look at how we live with -- and without -- one another.

Jay Walljasper Utne Reader A level-headed look at how contemporary society is in danger of losing the most basic building block of human civilization -- spirited conversation. Bruce Headlam The New York Times A lot of what Locke writes about...will make emotional sense to anyone exhausted after a day of pages, phone calls, e-mail messages and talk radio.

Fore Word: And After Voice
The Articulate Heart
Duty And Pleasure
Social Work
Lip Service
The Big Chill
The Autistic Society
Vocal Warming?
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ISBN: 9780684855745
ISBN-10: 0684855747
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 31st August 1999
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.34