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Hamlets BlackBerry

A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

By William Powers

HarperCollins

$24.99, 267 Pages

Our computers and mobile devices do wonderful things for us. But they also make it harder for us to find fulfilment. William Powers sets out to solve the conundrum of connectedness. We need a smarter approach. To find it, he goes back to moments in history when a powerful new technology came along that presented much the same challenge we face nowinformation overload, that sense of life spinning out of control. At each of these key moments, he focuses on one thinker who came up with unusually useful solutions to this problem. He calls them the seven philosophers of screens and they include Plato, Shakespeare, Ben Franklin and Henry David Thoreau.