About the Book: The End Of Absence
Soon enough, nobody will remember life before the Internet. What does this
unavoidable fact mean?
Those of us who have lived both with and without the crowded connectivity of
online life have a rare opportunity. We can still recognize the difference
between Before and After. We catch ourselves idly reaching for our phones at the
bus stop. Or we notice how, midconversation, a fumbling friend dives into the
perfect recall of Google.
In this eloquent and thought-provoking book, Michael Harris argues that amid all
the changes were experiencing, the most interesting is the end of absence?the
loss of lack. The daydreaming