Why did I pick this book?
I belong to the lucky generation which saw life before Internet and after Internet. When a book addresses that kind of audience, it is hard to ignore.
What do I like about the book?
The author presents a balanced view of generations that saw the absence of Internet and generations that were born with Internet. He effectively addresses how an effective bridge can be built that can help bring best of both the words to future generations.
What is one interesting idea that I learned?
Google helps us to find answers. But who will tell our children to ask the “Right Questions”
The merits of ‘Engineering Absence” and the benign effects of ‘Solitude’
How long would it take?
2 – 3 hours.
Paras or Quotes that I liked
“There’s this idea that keeps getting whispered through history. It was Thoreau who first suggested it to me, the idea that we aren’t lonely because we are alone; we are lonely because we have failed in our solitude”
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived”
“What’s important is that we become responsible for the media diets of our children in a way that past generations never were. Since our children are privy to a superabundance of media, we now need to proactively engineer moments of absence for them. We cannot afford to count on accidental absence any more than we can count on accidental veggiest at dinner.”
Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)