Christine Rosen

The Extinction of Experience

The Extinction of Experience


The Extinction of Experience explores the way a broad range of technologies, from the microwave to the sophisticated computer simulator, now influence our everyday choices—what we eat, how we educate our children, how we get to and from work, and how we spend our leisure time.

It is about one of the defining challenges of our age: how to live in the real world, with all of its messy physical realities, unmediated? Daily intimacy with the physical world recedes, little by little, at the same time that the worlds we access through the screen grow exponentially. More and more, we know our world through information about it rather than experience with it. And it is changing who we are.

The Extinction of Experience is a book about this transformation.