Hamlet's Blackberry Analysis

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Hamlet’s Blackberry is a comprehensive book that evaluates the technological revolution by examining the history of mankind as well as author William Powers’ personal experiences. The class discussions that accompanied the book opened up the sharing of ideas about technology use in the modern day. Through reading the book and participating in the discussion it has become clear that this information can be divided in three different topics. They are as follows: the role of technology in our individual lives, how technology affects our lives, and coping methods for when technology gets out of control. This first major topic that we started exploring even before opening the book is the role of technology in our lives. For our first topic we talked…show more content…
Although the responses differed, it quickly became clear that as students as well as active members of society we possess many devices for both work and pleasure. Powers also delves into this topic in the very first chapter as he talks about the concept of busyness. This fits into the role of technology in our lives because one reason we are so busy is all of the technology we use. The more devices we are connected to, the busier we feel we are. Although many students feel stressed out and too busy, most admitted that some of our busyness is within our control. We have the option to be connected 24/7 and although in some ways in makes our lives more stressful, we still do it. Additionally Chapter 8, which focuses on organization, also deals with the role of the specific technology that is in our lives. Although most of the students in our class are of a younger generation than Powers, most of us agreed with his low-tech organization methods. Just like Powers talks about writing things down in his Moleskin notebook, a majority of students stated that they prefer writing lists and schedules down on paper, even though most of us have…show more content…
Chapter 2 of the book was one of my favorite chapters because it brings up the question of whether increased technology has made our lives more or less efficient. Neither myself, the author, nor my classmates were able to form a clear answer to this question but nevertheless it is still something that is interesting to discuss. In some ways we agree that more technology allows us to get work done and be efficient. Having the internet constantly available makes it easier to research and complete assignments. The development of smartphones has also allow us to become more efficient at work and school because we are instantly connected to our professors, classmates, school, and bosses who often communicate through email and other methods. However, technology that is constantly available leads to distractions. While laptops and smartphones can be helpful, they also encourage us to “easily” switch between tasks, result in efficiency. In the discussions, many students including myself said they often have numerous tabs open while doing homework which makes it simple to try to do multiple things at once while not actually accomplishing anything. New iPhones also make it tempting to multitasking and just by pressing the home button twice you can switch between apps, messages, and other programs. Another way this concept was discussed in the book was through the

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