Hamlet’s Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

Draws on the technological past and great thinkers such as Shakespeare and Thoreau.

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A crisp, passionately argued answer to the question that everyone who’s grown dependent on digital devices is asking: Where’s the rest of my life? Hamlet’s BlackBerry challenges the widely held assumption that the more we connect through technology, the better. It’s time to strike a new balance, William Powers argues, and discover why it's also important to disconnect. Part memoir, part intellectual journey, the book draws on the technological past and great thinkers such as Shakespeare and Thoreau. “Connectedness” has been considered from an organizational and economic standpoint – from Here Comes Everybody to Wikinomics – but Powers examines it on a deep interpersonal, psychological, and emotional level. Readers of Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point and Outliers will relish Hamlet’s BlackBerry.


“Incisive ... Refreshing ... Compelling.” - Publishers Weekly

“[An] elegant meditation on our obsessive connectivity and its effect on our brains and our very way of life.” - Laurie Winer, New York Times Book Review

“Powers mounts a passionate but reasoned argument for ‘a happy balance’. . . . [He] is a lively, personable writer who seeks applicable lessons from great thinkers of the past. . . . Lucid, engaging prose and [a] thoughtful take on the joys of disconnectivity.” - Heller McAlpin, Christian Science Monitor

“A brilliant and thoughtful handbook for the Internet age – why we have this screen addiction, its many perils, and some surprising remedies that can make your life better.” - Bob Woodward

“In this delightfully accessible book, Powers asks the questions we all need to ask in this digitally driven time. And teaches us to answer them for ourselves.” - Maryanne Wolf, author of Proust and the Squid

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