237.130_A2_Wk3_Task4_Essay Topic Research

Response and Reflection

TEDXTALK : “Connected but alone?” – Sherry Turkle


Turkle discusses the way social media and technology is making people feel uncomfortable with the idea of being alone and the general implications of being involved in a social network. What does it mean to be alone in the connected world? What has being alone or by one’s self felt like, represented or meant in the past? Are we really that unaware of the way we interact? Turkle’s argument could be used to compare ways visual technologies connect people by discussing the negative implications on the relevant society.  The conflict between the positive and effective ways visual texts communicate, and the negative that is the technologies being used are what isolate people or inflict poor habits. Developing ways to eliminate the negative and support the positive in the next stage of the visual culture is up to future artists and designers.


Turkle argues her own personal insights taken from her work and studies of the matter. I think it’s important to be aware of the expression of personal opinions as they can be argued when applied to other sources and researched materials. Although, importantly, Turkle identifies the ways isolation is naturalized and almost so normal that it is unrecognizable.



Turkle, Sherry. “Sherry Turkle: Connected, but Alone?” YouTube. TEDXTALKS, 12 Apr. 2016. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.



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