“Not Alone Together but Together Alone – the paradoxes of screen time today”
Aspen Institute España and Fundación Telefónica celebrated the second session of the fourth edition of the Tech&Society Program on Thursday June 4, 2020 with a debate by Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Social Sciences and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and founding director of the Institute of Technology and Self, on “Not Alone Together but Together Alone – the paradoxes of screen time today”. Jordi Pérez Colomé, Technology Correspondent at El País and alumni of the 2019 Tech&Society Program, interviewed Ms. Turkle.
Social scientist and licensed clinical psychologist, has been studying people’s relationships with technology since the early personal computer movement in the late 1970s. Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Social Sciences and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the founding director of the Institute of Technology and Self. Turkle is the author of five books and three edited collections, including four landmark studies on our relationship with digital culture: The Second Self, Life on the Screen, Alone Together, and most recently, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. She is a licensed clinical pyschologist specializing in the relationship between people, screens, and simulation. She is the editor of three books on the relationship between people and objects: Evocative Objects, Falling for Science, and the INnter HIstory of Devices. In Simulation and its Discontents, Turkle explores the significance of working and playing in artificial worlds. A recipient of the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship and the Harvard Centennial Medal, she is a featured media commentaror and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Jordi Pérez Colomé
Born in Barcelona in 1976. He has degrees in Journalism and Italian Philology and a masters degree in International Relations. In 1999, almost by chance, Jordi started his career in Beijing working for a Chinese government magazine in Spanish. It was a short and fun. Back in Barcelona he mostly combined two jobs: different positions in a cultural mag called El Ciervo and associate professor in four universities (UOC, UPF, UB and UIC). He taught writing. His writing exprience comes from being a journalist and having studied Philology. His book “Cómo escribir clar” (How to write clearly) was the basis of his courses. In 2008, Jordi worked at an innovative digital newspaper in Barcelona, Factual (like Murdoch´s The Daily). There Jordi started a blog called “Obamaworld,” which he went on to maintain by himself for five years. As it is obvious by its name, it was about Obama and his foreign policy. Those were the amazing years of the Arab Spring. It was the first Spanish journalistic blog to successfully use crowdfunding as a way to cover travel and living expenses for reporting. Jordi wrote several books based on his work with Obamaworld. He received two awards: the 2013 Jose Manuel Porquet on digital journalism and iRedes in 2014. That same year, Yahoo asked him to write for them an Obamaworld-like blog. In 2015 he moved to Madrid to work for another new digital, El Español. He did there many longform pieces, quite uncommon in Spain. Three years ago El País hired him. There Jordi went from general assignment reporter to party politics to, mercifully, tech now. Jordi has wife and two kids.