Turkle's Fellowship of the Microchip: A Failure of Teaching, Not of Technology
by David W. Boles
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Sherry Turkle’s short article “Fellowship of the Microchip” cites 17 references of which she has written six and is the topic of a seventh. This incestuous self-reverence in referencing diminishes the authority and impartiality of her argument because she is obviously standing rather alone in the assumptions she makes about technology and its effect on learning. This paper will be a section-by-section flaying of her anecdotal arguments. Turkel is stuck in the Otherworld ether of the 1980’s – neither understanding nor accepting technology or its origins but pursuing its contretemps....