three chairs

I really like Sherry Turkle’s writing on the ways in which technology is changing (and has changed) our lives. In Reclaiming Conversations she reminds us of Thoreau who said that in his cabin there were three chairs — one for solitude, two for friendship, and three for society.’” (loc 148)

I don’t really understand what it is about this idea that appeals to me so much. Perhaps it’s about the status of the chair as such a simple technology; perhaps it’s the inherent sense of minimalism; or perhaps it’s because it articulates such clear relationships between self and other.

Reference: Turkle, S. (2015) Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. New York: Penguin Press

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