Talking To Sherry Turkle About Relational Communication and the Digital Media

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The Tang Building sits on the southern edge of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, overlooking the river whose grey this autumn afternoon acts as a foil to the gold and auburn of the trees across its wide span. I rush up the stairs to the second floor – I am a minute past the appointed hour – and arrive, just a little out of breath, on the second floor. The corridor is dark and the roomy lobby leading to the room that bears the number I’ve been given is even darker. I check my phone again to make sure I have it right and then venture inside, flipping the light switch and finding a spot on a comfortable sofa.