We’re not living fully in our lives. We’re living a little bit in our lives and a little bit in our Facebook lives.
Sherry Turkle has never failed to be a provocative and insightful theorist of human-technology interaction, but on this point, I could not disagree more. Unfortunately, Turkle continues to reify the false dichotomy between the digital and material worlds. We are NOT half in the digital and half in the virtual world. Instead, we are all fully immersed into an augmented reality.
Moreover, I would argue that Second Life has become red herring in the digital/material debate. Most Internet users don’t even know what Second Life is. The paradigmatic example of online-offline interaction, at this historical moment, is Facebook, particularly Facebook mobile apps.
In any case, you can read the interview here and judge for yourself.