- Timothy J. Demy, Demetri Economos, and Jeffrey M. Shaw (NWC): Historical and Social Constructs of Technology: Contexts and Value for the Contemporary World.
- Mark Featherstone (Keele): Einstein's Nightmare: On Bernard Stiegler's Techno-Dystopia.
- Richard Placzek (UWO): The Social Network: Panopticism 2.0.
- Brad A. Greenberg (Columbia): Tollbooths and Newsstands on the Information Superhighway.
- Ivar Alberto Hartmann (FGV): A Right to Free Internet? On Internet Access and Social Rights.
- Maria Farrell on how something changed on the Internet.
- Phillip Longman on the myth of technology and the death of distance.
- L. Rhoades on the dwindling potential of digital democracy.
- Balaji Srinivasan on how software is reorganizing the world.
- Jathan Sadowski on why pushing people to code will widen the gap between rich and poor.
- What is it like to work at Amazon? Carole Cadwalladr lands a job in one of its giant warehouses and discovers the human cost of our lust for consumer goods.
- Deborah Friedell reviews The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone.
- No, technology isn't making everything terrible (or amazing).
- Secularizing the tech debate: Geoff Shullenberger reviews Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier and To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov.
- Adam Fisher on Google’s road map to global domination: In the battle for digital dominance, victory depends on being the first to map every last place on the globe — it’s as hard as it sounds.
- Hacking society: Tom Slee on three books that look at the current state of play in the interconnected world.
- “Unplugging” from the Internet isn’t about restoring the self so much as it about stifling the desire for autonomy that technology can inspire.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Omnivore - Hacking Society
From Bookforum's Omnivore blog, this collection of links is from the end of 2013. Among the topics here are technology, social constructs, social networks, digital democracy, and how Google and Amazon own the world (sort of).