For any parent who has ever texted their child to the dinner table - or yanked the modem from its socket in a show of primal parental rage - this account of one family’s self-imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you ROFLing (Rolling-on-the-Floor Laughing) with recognition. But it will also challenge you to take stock of your own family connections, to create a media ecology that encourages kids - and parents - to thrive.
At the simplest level, The Winter of Our Disconnect is the story of how one family survived six months of wandering through the desert - digitally speaking - and the lessons learned about themselves and technology along the way. At the same time, their story is a channel to a wider view - into the impact of new media on the lives of families and into the very heart of the meaning of home.
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Revealing our addiction to Technology
I would recommend this book to all folk of a certain age who feel vaguely bemused as to how far technology has taken us...and how fast! Those of us who remember times before mobile phones, let alone ones that are smart.
I enjoyed the way the author was the first to admit her own gadget addictions, but yet went ahead ruthlessly to carry out her gadget, technology free experiment, despite her mqny qualms.
The book is well performed and pulls you into the to-and-fro of 'conversation' between parent and teens.
This book did make me laugh...sometimes out loud! And whimsical too - is it really so hard to remember back to a time without all our gadgets? And would we want to? For me, listening and enjoying this portrayal of one families' experience, the answer is well, yes...maybe!
- Kate Jere