Archive for December, 2015
MIT technology and society specialist psychologist Sherry Turkle (Alone Together) has been called the Margaret Mead of Digital Culture and our techno-Freud. In her latest book, Reclaiming Conversation, she discusses the power of conversation and the importance of reclaiming it in the digital age. Turkle argues that social media provides the illusion of companionship without the demands of intimacy, causing us to sacrifice authentic communication for mere connection. With digital technology still in its infancy, however, she says that there is ample time for us to reshape how we build and use it.
After four failed attempts, Diana Nyad emerged onto the shores of Key West, Florida, after completing a 110-mile, fifty-three-hour, record-breaking swim through shark-infested waters from Cuba. Why, at age 64, was she able to achieve what she could not as a young woman? She shares her unforgettable journey – physical, spiritual, emotional, psychological –a triumphant tale about facing fears, following a passion, and living life with no regrets. A sports broadcaster filing for NPR, Fox Sports, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and the New York Times, Nyad is one of our most compelling storytellers.
Maria Popova’s wildly popular blog “Brainpickings,” which started as a weekly e-mail to seven friends, now has fans like William Gibson, Drew Carey, Mia Farrow and Biz Stone and is included in the Library of Congress permanent web archive. A recent sampling includes Sylvia Bornstein on Pablo Neruda, 19th century illustrations of owls and ospreys, and Mark Rothko on beauty, friendship and art. Popova, a self-proclaimed “curious mind at large,” has written for Wired UK, Atlantic, New York Times, and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. She appears in conversation with Alexis Madrigal, Fusion's Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, former senior editor at the Atlantic and staff writer at Wired, and author of Powering the Dream.
United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Mexican American to hold the position, learned to love poetry by singing about the Mexican Revolution with his mother, a migrant farmworker in California. Inspired by her spirit, he has spent his life crossing borders, erasing boundaries and expanding what it means to be American. Herrera’s appointment comes as the country is debating immigration, a recurring subject of his work, which has been collected in books like Border-Crosser With a Lamborghini Dream and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border.