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Republic of noise : the loss of solitude in schools and culture

"In this book, Diana Senechal confronts a culture that has come to depend on instant updates and communication at the expense of solitude. Schools today emphasize rapid group work and fragmented activity, not the thoughtful study of complex subjects. The Internet offers contact with others throughout the day and night; we lose the ability to be apart, even in our minds. Yet solitude plays an essential role in literature, education, democracy, relationships, and matters of conscience. Throughout its analyses and argument, the book calls not for drastic changes but for a subtle shift: an attitude that honors solitude without descending into dogma"--Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, ©2012
Rowman & Littlefield Education, Lanham, Md., ©2012
xiii, 263 pages ; 24 cm
9781610484114, 1610484118
Acknowledgments Introduction: The Chatter of the Present Definitions of Solitude Distraction: The Flip Side of Engagement Antigone: Literature as "Thinking Apart" The Workshop Model in New York City The Folly of the "Big Idea" The Cult of Success Mass Personalization and the "Underground Man" The Need for Loneliness The Practice of Solitude Discernment and the Public Sphere Conclusion: Setting up Shop Bibliography About the Author Index Additional Information at Google Books