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From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: What You Really Need to Know About the Internet | [John Naughton]

From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: What You Really Need to Know About the Internet

Our society has gone through a weird, unremarked transition: once a novelty, the Net is now something that we take for granted, like mains electricity or running water. In the process we've been surprisingly incurious about its significance or cultural implications. How has our society become dependent on a utility that it doesn't really understand? John Naughton has distilled the noisy chatter surrounding the internet's relentless evolution into nine clear-sighted areas of understanding.
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Our society has gone through a weird, unremarked transition: once a novelty, the Net is now something that we take for granted, like mains electricity or running water. In the process we've been surprisingly incurious about its significance or cultural implications. How has our society become dependent on a utility that it doesn't really understand?

John Naughton has distilled the noisy chatter surrounding the internet's relentless evolution into nine clear-sighted areas of understanding. In doing so he affords everyone the requisite knowledge to make better use of the technologies and networks around us, as well as highlighting some of their more disturbing implications.

©2012 John Naughton (P)2013 Quercus Publishing Plc

What the Critics Say

"A fantastic read and a marvel of economy.... This is the kind of primer you want to slide under your boss' door" (Cory Doctorow, Observer)

"An accessible guide to the Internet, which covers the nine need-to-know ideas about its cultural significance." (Sunday Times)

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    Emilie Hoorn, Netherlands 08-14-13
    Emilie Hoorn, Netherlands 08-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    Would you listen to From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg again? Why?

    One of the best books I have listened to this year.
    It's everything you would want to know about the development of the internet and what this may or may not imply for the future.

    It's entertaining and incredibly well written.
    It's as light and entertaining as a ted talk and it still feels that way after 8 hours. The author manages to intertwine the great thinkers of philosophy and literature with the development of the internet in all its parts, great and small. And yet following the discussion through the book is effortless.

    IT is often considered a bit boring, but John Naughton gives it life and colours in a literary style that reminds me of Stephen Fry.

    The part on copyright law really made me understand the problems lawyers have been discussing for years about the internet.

    The narrator also does a very good job, making the book easy to follow and understand, while at the same time being pleasant to the ear.

    I find it to be a profound master piece on internet history.

    Oh if only I had, had professors like this at university, what delightful pleasure learning would have been…

    Thank you John Naughton for this wonderful book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the information was presented.


    What does Daniel Weyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes it easy to understand and comprehend.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, think and go; hmmm...


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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg again? Why?

    Yes definately just to get my head around some of technical info.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg?

    The insight into complexity and the impossibility of predicting the future expressed in such a hopeful and positive light. I found this uplifting.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Weyman – was your favourite?

    Not applicable but Daniel Weyman is an intelligent and expressive narrator, with a lovely voice that is a pleasure to listen to.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The title is a brilliant tag line.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this audio book last August (2013) and have only just got around to listen to it as I anticipated it might be a bit dry and geekish. It was one of those books that I thought I should read to understand the technology around me. HOW WRONG COULD I HAVE BEEN. The content is brillant a perfect balance of technological info and human interest perfectly narrated by Daniel Weyman. Strangely enough it also gave me a sense of connectedness to the world and a sense of technology being part of our evolution. LOVED IT. Thanks to John Naughton and his insightful and intelligent contribution that has given me a sense that just may be things will work out for the planet after all.

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