Working as a journalist today certainly includes engaging with an array of technology, which can be intriguing, frustrating, exciting, and overwhelming, sometimes all at the same time! With all of the recent changes in communications technology, journalism students would do well to reflect on their own relationship to the technology in their daily lives.
This was on my mind when I picked up The Winter of Our Disconnect by Susan Maushart. Maushart and her three teenagers gave up all screen technology inside their home for six months. She had been frightened by the behavior of her children before the experiment, but she also had to deal with her own technology hangups.
Maushart brings to her book much of the current research on technology use. While some readers may find Maushart too irreverent or sarcastic, I found Maushart's sense of humor bringing a necessary levity to such a challenging scenario for her family.
I've added a new section for technology under the page "Books on Journalism," so as the journalism program continues to explore this aspect of our work, new titles will be added.