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In her 2011 book, cultural analyst Sherry Turkle famously coined the term Alone Together to describe the potentially detrimental impact that our constant connection to others through electronic devices and social media can have on our lives. Last year, she came out with another book called Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, in which she argues that conversation is the antidote to our overexposure to communication technology.

This "Alone Together Cosplay Set" is a tool for manifesting Turkle's advice in a cosplay scenario. Each participant wears a laptop mask with a face on it, and a sock puppet with the face of the person with which they're video chatting on it. The masks and puppets are meant to combine Turkle's observations by recreating the familiar experience of communicating through electronic devices in a totally offline setting.

This tutorial is written as a set of guidelines for anyone who is interested in making their own version of this project. This project requires some sewing experience and approximation of specifications.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

  • Cardboard
  • Colorful Fabric
  • Socks
  • Buttons
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Sewing Pins

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