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Stephen Marche

Columnist for Esquire Magazine

Stephen Marche is a popular monthly columnist for Esquire Magazine on “A Thousand Words about our Culture.” He’s passionate about the impact of technology and human interaction and much of his research is focused in this area. In 2011, this column was a finalist for the American Society of Magazine Editors award for columns and commentary.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Human Vs. Mobile Connections/Social Media: Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?
Stephen Marche takes his research from an article he wrote for the cover story for The Atlantic Monthly: Is Facebook Making us Lonely? which is a report on what the epidemic of loneliness is doing to our souls and our society. Marche explains how Facebook denies us a pleasure whose profundity we had underestimated: the chance to forget about ourselves for a while, the chance to disconnect.

The Digital Sabbath: How Marche learned to stop checking Facebook and love life offline
Stephen Marche will focus on the relentlessness of technology and the value of taking pause to enjoy life without screens. For year Marche has been “plugged in”, writing magazine columns, while live-streaming baseball games and listening to music and IMing and playing online chess and checking his email every two minutes, and not worrying whether performing five or six tasks simultaneously might limit his ability to perform any of them adequately. Marche will take you on his journey of his Digital Sabbath and show you how The digital Sabbath makes you realize just how wonderful the devices we live through are, how powerful, how transformative, how magical. But even magic needs a rest.

Privacy in a Technological World
March explains, in the information age, privacy becomes more important, not less. It has taken a riotous release of the innate curiosity of human beings to see and to know all the squalid details of all the squalid stories for everybody to realize that seclusion is necessary to becoming and remaining a person. Human beings, like mushrooms, grow in the dark. When we are all constantly watching one another, privacy becomes nothing less than a human right. How far our innate curiosity can be suppressed is the question now. The one thing harder to figure out than the secrets of strangers may be how to leave them alone.

Summary Profile

Marche’s research and opinion pieces can also be found in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Salon.com, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star. ‘Mr. Marche, a former professor, excels at linking moments and movements, and tracing what he calls the “genealogy of mass culture”.’

March is often a regular cultural expert correspondent for CBC’s Connect with Mark Kelley. Marche is also the The Hunger of the Wolf (2015), Love and the Mess We’re In (2013), How Shakespeare Changed Everything(2012), Shining at the Bottom of the Sea (2007) and Raymond and Hannah (2005). Marche also has a specialty in Shakespearian influences in modern day life.