For any parent who's ever IM-ed their child to the dinner table - or yanked the modem from its socket in a show of primal parental rage - this account of one family's self-imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you ROFLing with recognition. But it will also challenge you to take stock of your own family connections, to create a media ecology that encourages kids - and parents - to thrive. When journalist and commentator Susan Maushart first decided to pull the plug on all electronic media at home, she realised her children would have sooner volunteered to go without food, water or hair products. At ages 14, 15 and 18, her daughters and son didn t use media. They inhabited media. Just exactly as fish inhabit a pond. Gracefully. Unblinkingly. And utterly without consciousness or curiosity as to how they got there. Susan s experiment with her family was a major success and she found that having less to communicate with, her family is communicating more. At the simplest level, The Winter of Our Disconnect is the story of how one family survived six months of wandering through the desert, digitally speaking, and the lessons learned about themselves and technology along the way. At the same time, their story is a channel to a wider view - into the impact of new media on the lives of families, into the very heart of the meaning of home.
How One Family Pulled the Plug and Lived to Tell/Text/Tweet the Tale
Author: Susan Maushart
Pubpsher: Profile Books
Category: Family & Relationships
If Thoreau could last two years in the woods without the mod-cons of the early nineteenth century (running water), then surely Susan Maushart can survive six months without the technology of the twenty-first century? But then, Thoreau didn't have teenagers ... or an iPhone ... or Facebook ... For any parent who has ever yanked the modem from its socket in a show of primal parental rage - this account of one family's self-imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you ROFLing (Roll on the Floor Laughing) with recognition. But it will also challenge you to take stock of your own family connections and bring you to ask yourself pertinent questions about your own usage. Such as: Should a fifty-year old woman have a pet name for her laptop? Or take her iPod to bed with her?* A thoroughly honest and hilarious read. *As asked by Susan Maushart
Editor Sylvia Engdahl has completed no small task in compiling a collection of essays that tackle an array of issues relating to electronic devices and teen rights. The use of electronic devices in the home, school, and life is prolific to a distracting degree. Issues covered here include whether or not wireless devices improve teen lives; the impact of excessive video gaming; the use of cell phones in school; dangers related to texting; tracking teens via parental G.P.S. devices; and digital music piracy.
The Smartphone Paradox is a critical examination of our everyday mobile technologies and the effects that they have on our thoughts and behaviors. Alan J. Reid presents a comprehensive view of smartphones: the research behind the uses and gratifications of smartphones, the obstacles they present, the opportunities they afford, and how everyone can achieve a healthy, technological balance. It includes interviews with smartphone users from a variety of backgrounds, and translates scholarly research into a conversational tone, making it easy to understand a synthesis of key findings and conclusions from a heavily-researched domain. All in all, through the lens of smartphone dependency, the book makes the argument for digital mindfulness in a device age that threatens our privacy, sociability, attention, and cognitive abilities.
This book challenges traditional approaches to heritage interpretation and offers an alternative theoretical architecture to the current research and practice. Russell Staiff suggests that the dialogue between visitors and heritage places has been too focused on learning outcomes, and so heritage interpretation has become dominated by psychology and educational theory, and over-reliant on outdated thinking. Using his background as an art historian and experience teaching heritage and tourism courses, Russell Staiff weaves personal observation with theory in an engaging and lively way. He recognizes that the 'digital revolution' has changed forever the way that people interact with their environment and that a new approach is needed.
Almost half of all marriages end in divorce. Three-quarters of these divorces are initiated by women. Why? Wifework. In an era of equal opportunity, Susan Maushart reveals, wives still do the vast bulk of the physical and emotional work in a marriage. Every woman will recognise its compelling message, and every married man will have to.
It was Susan Maushart s uberfeminist cousin Felicity who pointed out the sheer stupidity of writing a book about women and happiness. Happiness means different things to different women, Susan. Don t you get it? It s about women formulating their own definition of happiness. I get it, all right. What s not to get? Feminism has graciously set us free. What it has not done, unfortunately, is provide us with a map and compass. And that s the bitch. So what do you really want? More and better sex? Less sex? A stellar career? True love, a big fat wedding, children? All of the above, or just the five minutes of peace and quiet you can get by locking yourself in the bathroom once a fortnight?This crucial book is a guide for the perplexed of both genders. It looks at the evidence on women s wellbeing from the obvious (we prefer sex to commuting) to the salutary (sleep solves more of life s problems than money does) via the poignant (becoming a mother will bolster your sense of meaning in life but shred your enjoyment of it).
The beauty of The West lies in its wondrous diversity - the people, the communities and the landscape. Go west on an exhilarating and whimsical journey with one of Australia's finest photographers and take in the richness: from the red earth of the north to the forests of the South West, from sublime Cape Leveque to the misty Karri Forests. For everyone who appreciates great photography and spectacular scenery. This is the book for anyone who has been to the west, comes from the west, or is heading west. Perfect for those times when a vacation isn't possible - enrich yourself with this book instead. Frances Andrijich is an award-winning photographer who has published 11 books. Her work has featured nationally and internationally in magazines from Good Weekend to Gourmet Traveller. Frances is based in Perth.
The bestselling classic from a 'magnificent story-teller' (Independent on Sunday). Journey to the glittering seventeenth-century court, and witness the rise and fall of young, charming Robert Merivel... When a twist of fate delivers an ambitious young medical student to the court of King Charles II, he is suddenly thrust into a vibrant world of luxury and opulence. Blessed with a quick wit and sparkling charm, Robert Merivel rises quickly, soon finding favour with the King, and privileged with a position as ‘paper groom’ to the youngest of the King’s mistresses. But by falling in love with her, Merivel transgresses the one rule that will cast him out from his new-found paradise... 'For a vivid – and funny – fictional re-creation of the era, Tremain’s Restoration is hard to beat.' The Times Rose Tremain has sold over one million copies of her books.
A hip, sensual Ayurveda bible for the modern woman, this life-changing guide distills ancient teachings into a spirit-infused yet pragmatic approach to your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Teacher and yoga instructor Katie Silcox is a leading expert on Ayurveda. She knows that bringing ancient wisdom into our modern lives does not mean sacrificing the occasional rendezvous with red wine, fashion magazines, and other sensual pleasures. In Healthy Happy Sexy, Katie offers not only a philosophy of life but a time-tested (we’re talking thousands of years!) method for living your most radiant, healthy, and sexually vital life possible. Covering everything from how to get the perfect poo to glowing skin to deeper sexual fulfillment, here is a complete guide to women’s health. It offers evocative questions, journaling exercises, simple but deep meditations, and natural recipes and remedies for common health and beauty needs. By engaging in these lifestyle choices, you will experience ancient practices that resonate with the way we live our lives now. Combining Ayurvedic wisdom with practical tools and her lively, playful, and down-to-earth voice, Katie provides a method to heal, entertain, inspire, and remind you that you are one sexy goddess.