Sherry Turkle on Conversations with The Ghost in the Machine

Only a decade ago the pioneers of the personal computer culture often found themselves alone as they worked at their machines. But these days, when people step through the looking glass of the computer screen, they find other people -- or are they programs? -- on the other side. As the boundaries erode between the real and the virtual the animate and the inanimate, the unitary and the multiple self, the question becomes: Are we living life on the screen or in the screen?

-- Sherry Turkle (1995)