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Date(s) - 03/28/19
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

DIESEL, A Bookstore - Santa Monica


DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Julie M. Albright to the store to discuss and sign Left To Their Own Devices: How Digital Natives are Reshaping the American Dream on Thursday, March 28th at 6:30 pm. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store. This will be her publication party and all are welcome to attend.

A sociologist explores the many ways that digital natives’ interaction with technology has changed their relationship with people, places, jobs, and other stabilizing structures and created a new way of life that is at odds with the American Dream of past generations.

Digital natives are hacking the American Dream.

Young people brought up with the Internet, smartphones, and social media are quickly rendering old habits, values, behaviors, and norms a distant memory–creating the greatest generation gap in history.

In this eye-opening book, digital sociologist Julie M. Albright looks at the many ways in which younger people, facilitated by technology, are coming “untethered” from traditional aspirations and ideals, and asks: What are the effects of being disconnected from traditional, stabilizing social structures like churches, marriage, political parties, and long-term employment? What does it mean to be human when one’s ties to people, places, jobs, and societal institutions are weakened or broken, displaced by digital hyper-connectivity?

Albright sees both positives and negatives. On the one hand, mobile connectivity has given digital nomads the unprecedented opportunity to work or live anywhere. But, new threats to well-being are emerging, including increased isolation, anxiety, and loneliness, decreased physical exercise, ephemeral relationships, fragmented attention spans, and detachment from the calm of nature.

In this time of rapid, global, technologically driven change, this book offers fresh insights into the unintended societal and psychological implications of lives exclusively lived in a digital world.

Julie M. Albright, PhD, is a sociologist specializing in digital culture and communications. She is a lecturer in the applied psychology and engineering departments at the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Albright’s research has focused on the growing intersection of technology and social/behavioral systems. In addition, Dr. Albright has served as a peer reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, UK, as well as a number of professional publications. She is the author of a number of book chapters and multiple peer-reviewed articles. She has given talks for major data center and energy conferences including SAP for Utilities, IBM Global, Data Center Dynamics, and the Dept. of Defense. She has appeared as an expert on national media including the Today show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, CBS, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR, and many others.