"Easily one of the best books of the year" - Alan Twigg, BC BookWorld
"A powerful book" - Gloria Macarenko, CBC Radio
"Powerful, prescient, and - ironically - morbidly funny" - Stuart Derdeyn, The Vancouver Sun
What reviewers are saying about 'Dysconnected':
“A thoughtful and provocative meditation on human 'connectedness' and the on-line world.”
“... unique and engaging book... Highly recommended.”
“A wonderful exploration of modern early 21st Century life.. the author transports us into scenes which can be both jarring and humorously all too familiar.”
“ 'Dysconnected' is a smart, thought-provoking, unique book with eye-catching drawings and wonderfully curated quotations.”
“... cleverly written with unique images that will entertain, provoke discussion, and provide insight into social phenomena and our own behaviours.”
“The text and drawings made me slow down and absorb it at a deeper level.”
“Clever concept, iconic images. Fosters dialogue on the topical matters of dependency- and alienation-inducing technologies”
"... an unexpected and deeply enjoyable exercise in mindfulness."
Amazon Reviewer Ratings:
Smartphones can be powerful, efficient, and delightful, but they can also interfere with our ability to concentrate on a lecture, drive a car, empathize with a stranger, respond to a family member, or get a good night’s sleep.
They even make it a challenge for us to just sit quietly, doing nothing.
“I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes.”
Ed Sheeran, singer-songwriter
“We are fearful that we might be missing something; we’re probably not.”
Robert Hughes, art critic
'Dysconnected' gets us thinking about the way we use our phones
Over 75 striking pen and ink illustrations depicting humans isolated by their personal technology.
Accompanying quotes, opinions, ideas, and facts that all encourage reflection.
Two dense pages of ‘Phone Facts’.
The images show the effects that mobile devices are having on friendships, couples, families, work, play, study, life, and our capacity for solitude.
In all, a thought provoking visual essay with brief interwoven text.
Designed to be read through, or dipped into time and again
160 pages, 11" x 8.5", Softcover
B&W pen, ink, & wash images
Published and printed in Canada
Distributed to Bookstores in Canada by Sandhill
From The Introduction
"Here’s a wild idea: In the future, the happiest, most content and satisfied people will be those of us who learn to best manage our relationships with our own technological devices.
We all know how useful, powerful, and delightful our cell phones or tablets can be, but a growing number of us also have a sense that there’s something potentially disturbing about the way they have so rapidly taken up such a large and central space in our lives.
Surfing, clicking, texting, sharing, friending, and liking have arguably taken the place of looking, seeing, listening, talking, thinking, and just plain doing nothing, hanging out, or being bored.