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The End Of Absence

Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection

by (author) Michael Harris

Publisher
HarperCollins
Initial publish date
May 2015
Category
General
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781443426275
    Publish Date
    Jul 2014
    List Price
    $29.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781443426299
    Publish Date
    Aug 2014
    List Price
    $11.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781443426282
    Publish Date
    May 2015
    List Price
    $19.99

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Description

Only one generation in history (ours) will experience life both with and without the Internet. For everyone who follows us, online life will simply be the air they breathe. Today, we revel in ubiquitous information and constant connection, rarely stopping to consider the implications for our logged-on lives.

Michael Harris chronicles this massive shift, exploring what we’ve gained—and lost—in the bargain. In this eloquent and thought-provoking book, Harris argues that our greatest loss has been that of absence itself—of silence, wonder and solitude. It’s a surprisingly precious commodity, and one we have less of every year. Drawing on a vast trove of research and scores of interviews with global experts, Harris explores this “loss of lack” in chapters devoted to every corner of our lives, from sex and commerce to memory and attention span. The book’s message is urgent: once we’ve lost the gift of absence, we may never remember its value.

About the author

MICHAEL HARRIS is a contributing editor at Western Living and Vancouver magazine. His award-winning writing appears regularly in magazines such as The Walrus and Frieze and has been featured in several books. He lives in Vancouver.

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