The Scent of Lemons Paperback

Technology and Relationships in the Age of Facebook

by Jonah Lynch;


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The Scent of Lemons

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In 'The Scent of Lemons', Jonah Lynch proposes a fast from social media technology as a means of cultivating real relationships with real depth and meaning.

Technology, he argues can’t transmit the joy, meaning and intimacy of the three fifths of human sensitivity in communication: You can’t send touch, scent or taste by mobile phone! We losing 60% of our reality when we rely on technology alone to express feelings and build friendships.

This book is an invitation to ask if relying on social media technology is stealing something essential from us in return for all its life changing gifts. In his book, the seminary teacher and lover of technology writes: “I feel the urgent need to clarify my relationship with the technologies which in ever more elegant and hidden ways accompany our lives.”

In a world where the greeting of many is: “See you on Facebook,” and the machine dictates the terms and conditions of the relationship, Jonah Lynch explores, starting from his own experiences, how way we see the world and construct relationships uses - or is used by technology. “Every place is singular, and every person is unique,” Lynch writes, “and to re-learn this truth it might be necessary to do a little technological fasting. Not to eliminate our freedom, but to joyfully rediscover it.”

Jonah Lynch was born in the United States and now lives in Rome. He is a seminarian and an avid technophile. This is his sixth book.

"- It shows us how we can both get on in a modern world full of diversions. Quite simply brilliant. Well done the author!"

The Scent of Lemons by Jonah Lynch was published by Darton Longman & Todd in November 2012 and is our 58663rd best seller. The ISBN for The Scent of Lemons is 9780232529586.

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Touch, scent, taste. Three of the five senses that cannot be transmitted through technology. Three-fifths of reality, sixty percent. This book is an invitation to notice that other sixty percent. In The Scent of Lemons Jonah Lynch considers if technology is stealing something essential from us in return for all it s marvellous gifts. He writes: I feel the urgent need to clarify my relationship with the technologies which in ever more elegant and hidden ways accompany our lives. - He wants to understand, starting from his own experiences, how the exercise of attention, the way we see the world and construct relationships, uses or is used by technology. Today many say: see you on Facebook, instead of see you at the usual bar, what the American writer Wendell Berry calls our lazy willingness to let machines, and the idea of the machine, prescribe the terms and conditions of the life of creatures. Every place is singular, and every person is unique, Lynch writes, and to re-learn this truth it might be necessary to do a little technological fasting. Not to eliminate our freedom, but to joyfully rediscover it.

Endorsements

"Jonah Lynch addresses one of the most fundamental contradictions of mankind's searching: that our capacity to build new worlds is not always matched by our ability to understand how much they enrich our lives and our knowledge of reality." - John Waters, Journalist, Magazine Editor and Columnist.

"This book is brimming with insights that show how technology shapes our concrete, everyday patterns of being and consciousness. A fascinating study." - David Schindler, editor of Communio: International Catholic Review

"Lynch celebrates the way his missionary order has effortless international conferences on the internet. All such good virtual contact brings an inevitable `disincarnating' through the nature of net relationships. Laughing among friends bears no comparison with writing `hahahaha' on a chat screen. The internet is guilty of an extreme materialisation, as in pornography. `After having reduced the infinite beauty of loving relationships to a pure physical mechanism, we are decomposing them into the banal virtuality of a group of pixels on a back-lit screen'. A recently opened clinic for internet addicts tackles five online addictions: pornography, gambling, information overload, social networks and role-playing games." - Rev Dr J F Twisleton (Other Retailer's Review)

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Page last updated 9th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherDarton Longman & Todd (November 2012)
Weight122g
Number of Pages112
Thickness9 mm
Height198 mm
Width126 mm
ISBN9780232529586
ISBN-100232529582
Product Code4042617
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