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Susie Wild is a poet, writer, journalist, critic, lecturer, festival organiser and editor based in Cardiff. Her debut poetry collection 'Better Houses' is out now through Parthian Books. 'The Art of Contraception' was her first book. It was long-listed for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2011 and won 'Fiction Book of the Year' in the Welsh Icons Awards 2010. Her Kindle novella 'Arrivals' was released globally through Parthian Books in May 2011. She edited the illustrated short story anthology 'Rarebit' for Parthian's 21st birthday, released December 2013. Illustrated by John Abell. She is Publishing Editor at one of Wales' Leading Indie Publishers, Parthian Books. @Soozerama

Saturday, 28 May 2011

GOODREADS | Review of The Winter of Our Disconnect -- Susan Maushart

I finished reading this in early hours of this morning... 2 Stars...

Overall I think the book irritated me more than I liked it, but there are some good points and if you haven't read much in this topic area, which I have, it offers a decent pop psychology intro into some of the issues of futurism, technology and the changing brains of modern teenagers. Mostly though, not being her target demographic of menopausal parent with teenage kids, all the "LOLs" and "Randoms!" (her own, not her kids') and the mundane discussions of things like what they ate for dinner in the diary ('oversharing', but in paper form) coupled with the fact that THEY CHEATED -- they did not disconnect completely, they still used the internet (just not at their house), the three kids still had mobile phones, and Maushart caved on many aspects of The Experiment all means that I don't feel it is particularly valid... but for those considering streamlining the screen time that they and their family spend and trying to spend more face-to-face time with each other there are some good pointers and pitfalls-to-avoid here.


Guardian Article about the project here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/jan/01/technology-ban-kids-home-experiment

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