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"Giles Slade is dead-on with regard to the dangerous way we are embracing our machines. What we have lost is the sense of identity as part of a bigger world: nature. . . . In The Big Disconnect, we relearn that our ability to connect with nonhuman nature is an essential part of being human."
-DAVID SUZUKI, professor emeritus, University of British Columbia, and author of The Sacred Balance

"A perceptive, challenging meditation on the isolating consequences of modern technology. Do you think all those clever gadgets, apps, and websites are making your life better? If so, Giles Slade would like a word with you. Slade is a very smart man; you may not always agree with him, but you need to listen to what he has to say."
-MARK KATZ, author of Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music

About the Author

Giles Slade is the author of Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America, which won the IPPY gold medal for best environmental book of 2007. He writes regularly for the Huffington Post and is featured in The Light Bulb Conspiracy, a MediaPro documentary about planned obsolescence that premiered on European television in seven languages in 2011.
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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary Issues
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (August 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616145951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616145958
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Giles Slade is an award winning environmentalist concerned about the diminishing quality of life that awaits his children under climate change. His rich and colorful history also includes stints as a college lecturer, a Harlequin adventure novel writer, an illegal alien, a convicted felon and a college professor. The father of three, Giles is a passionate believer in the vital importance of leaving the smallest possible environmental debt to be resolved and accommodated in our children's century. He is regularly published in a variety of other print and online journals. He is the author of Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America and The Big Disconnect: The Story of Technology and Loneliness.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The new belletrist on August 13, 2012
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Having not yet read this through, I can't comprehensively assess it. But I can state that it's impressed me mightily so far. Slade tells the story of, among other things, recorded music and its consumption (solitary listening) as a substitute for musical communion: a twentieth-century harbinger of the more thorough, twenty-first-century assault on relationships among neighbors and on the social fabric of creative life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gaia on July 20, 2013
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Giles speaks the truth of the tech world, the "new world we live in" I felt or experienced much of what he writes about...therefore I validate his book...his book is well written, easy to understand.

While there's many features of tech that is good, but many that are not.

It's necessary to find a balance with most of the tech ...while difficult to do that. "good common sense should prevail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Hons on July 20, 2014
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I see some of my process and dissatisfactions explained well, with a long historical context. Enlightening. Some interesting digressions. The evolution of mistrust, urban people avoidance, solitary music listening, celebrity making, marketing, consumer personality, personal growth as self marketing, all worthwhile topics. Well titled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory S. Walker on February 25, 2013
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This is a very interesting and enlightening book that helps me understand who/why we are the way we are these days. I highly recommend it.
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By Chenzo on September 20, 2014
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Good look at modern society. I recommend this to anyone interested in history, because like history this book helps piece together how we got to where we are today. But really, we must stop having such a "connectedness" to technology and start being more connected to real life.
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