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August 21, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Thinking about disconnecting? Here’s a short reading list

Disconnecting from the technology that’s burrowed deeper and deeper into our daily lives is for a few a habit, for some an intention, and for others a nice dream.

After I wrote about my weeklong disconnection while on a family trip to Colorado, many of you responded with some interesting reading material. Thing is, disconnection is not just about disconnection. It’s about everything that informs our evolving relationship with personal technology.

Here are a few books and links that dig a bit deeper:

“The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” by Nicholas Carr

“It’s a pretty amazing read — a great tour of the history and advancement of language and literature and media, as well as the neuroscience behind it all — highly recommended.” — reader Larry Swanson This was also a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction.

 “I’m still here: back online after a year without the Internet” by Paul Miller

Miller, 26, disconnected for a whole year and wrote about his experience for tech site The Verge. His essay is thoughtful and candid.

“The Age of Missing Information” by Bill McKibben

“Nice read, and still relevant.” — commenter Hank

“Hamlet’s BlackBerry” by William Powers

“Author William Powers (formerly of The Washington Post) writes about seven people (Plato, Seneca, Gutenberg, Shakespeare, Franklin, Thoreau and McLuhan) who each found ways to disconnect from their era’s flow of information.  He then talks about the balance he and his family have achieved — total connection Monday through Friday, off the grid on Saturdays and Sundays.” — reader Bill Boyd

“The Information Diet” by Clay Johnson

An eloquent case for being more mindful of our information intake.

Seen a story that caught your eye re: digital life? Email me at mguzman@seattletimes.com or reach me on Twitter or Facebook.

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