Whither Psychoanalysis in Digital Culture?

WED, DEC 18, 2002 (1:24:53)

Sherry Turkle, founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, discusses how novel and evocative computational objects, including virtual communities, robotic companions, and screen avatars, demand a depth psychology of our relationships with them, leading to a renewed relevance of a psychoanalytic discourse in digital culture. She argues that this relevance is so profound as to suggest an occasion for a revitalization and renewal of psychoanalytic thinking.

+ BIO: Sherry Turkle

Sherry Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauz Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, a center of research and reflection on the evolving connections between people and artifacts in the co-construction of identity. The Initiative looks at a range of technologies including robotics, psychopharmacology, video games, and simulation software and their effects on human development. Dr. Turkle has written numerous articles on psychoanalysis and culture and on the “subjective side” of peoples’ relationships with technology, especially computers. She received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University, and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is the author of Psychoanalytic Politics: Jacques Lacan and Freud’s French Revolution (1978); The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (1984); Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet (1995); and Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age (2015).

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