Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hamlet's Blackberry...Review & Giveaway!

I just finished up a great book that is a must for those of us trying to find balance in a digital world.  Hamlet's Blackberry by William Powers.  Here is the scoop...

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?"
At a time when we're all trying to make sense of our relentlessly connected lives, this revelatory book presents a bold new approach to the digital age. Part intellectual journey, part memoir, Hamlet's BlackBerry sets out to solve what William Powers calls the conundrum of connectedness. Our computers and mobile devices do wonderful things for us. But they also impose an enormous burden, making it harder for us to focus, do our best work, build strong relationships, and find the depth and fulfillment we crave.
Hamlet's BlackBerry argues that we need a new way of thinking, an everyday philosophy for life with screens. To find it, Powers reaches into the past, uncovering a rich trove of ideas that have helped people manage and enjoy their connected lives for thousands of years. New technologies have always brought the mix of excitement and stress that we feel today. Drawing on some of history's most brilliant thinkers, from Plato to Shakespeare to Thoreau, he shows that digital connectedness serves us best when it's balanced by its opposite, disconnectedness.
Using his own life as laboratory and object lesson, Powers demonstrates why this is the moment to revisit our relationship to screens and mobile technologies, and how profound the rewards of doing so can be. Lively, original, and entertaining, Hamlet's BlackBerry will challenge you to rethink your digital life.



What an interesting read!  I am always staggered by how we, as a world, are connected....all the time.   Don't get me wrong, I am a blogger for goodness sakes, so I love the digital world but I also think it is so very important to make connections with those around you as well.  Powers did his research well in this book and even had his family become studies when they instilled the no Internet on the weekends rule (love it!).  This is a must read for anyone trying to find a good balance between staying current with technology and staying present in the "real" world.  A+ read!  Pick up your copy today on Amazon...

I am so pleased to tell you that one lucky reader will win a copy of Hamlet's Blackberry!  Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter...


22 comments:

debbie said...

I get a good book, sit down, and read. It is amazing how a good book lets you forget about everything.

Hifam said...

I try to leave the electronic devices at home when we go out of town. It's difficult, but rewarding to spend time with the family.

Patty White said...

I like to go for a nice long walk. So quite and peaceful.
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Jolly said...

to do so, i take time away from my laptop! geesh!

Jolly said...

i'd like to see more baby stuff giveaway!

Gina said...

I love to read.... that always keeps me disconnected!

Gina said...

Would love to see more Giveaways and book reviews!!!

jenzen69 said...

i love to get away to the desert, anywhere outside 'syphillization' lol if thats not possible i love to read and at least enter an altered reality
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sandyandcosmo said...

I take a walk along the inlet and take in all the wonders of the natural world.

Crib Couture said...

my kiddos and I go for walks in the mountains behind our house. we are fortunate enough to live in Alaska, and it is amazingly beautiful. cribcouture@yahoo.com

Mango said...

I turn off all the appliances,
i closed the windows and turn off the ligth, its time to breatheeee! :)

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Mango said...

I would love more giveaway of books :)
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Mango said...

thanks 4 ur giveaway! :)
best regards

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Jessica Peeling said...

Take a relaxing bath, or go outside and enjoy nature! (jessicapeeling@yahoo.com)

corey1971 said...

I go outside and play with my kids! olomon@Hotmail.com

corey1971 said...

Reviews and giveways of gadgets and such will always get my attention. olomon@hotmail.com

- Epic Fail said...

I love to just go and lay on the beach, totally relaxing!

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Nancy said...

I pick up and old-fashioned book and read!

Nancy
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Mia said...

I like to go outside and spend time in nature, hiking, with my pets, gardening, meditating, etc. to get disconnected. I also like to read and write things by hand.

Mia said...

I would like to see more giveaways and personal life stuff/tips.

Kathy Davis said...

I drink diet coke and twist my hair.

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Robin Blankenship said...

I go to the back yard to read. Without my phone or Laptop or Ipod.

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