Quotation by Sherry Turkle

Ours has been called a culture of narcissism. The label is apt but can be misleading. It reads colloquially as selfishness and self-absorption. But these images do not capture the anxiety behind our search for mirrors. We are insecure in our understanding of ourselves, and this insecurity breeds a new preoccupation with the question of who we are. We search for ways to see ourselves. The computer is a new mirror, the first psychological machine. Beyond its nature as an analytical engine lies its second nature as an evocative object.
Sherry Turkle (b. 1948), U.S. sociologist and psychologist. The Second Self, ch. 9 (1984).

Turkle was on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's program in Science, Technology and Society.
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