Just as Susan Sontag did for photography and Marshall McLuhan did for television, Virginia Heffernan (called one of the "best living writers of English prose") reveals the logic and aesthetics behind the Internet.
Since its inception, the Internet has morphed from merely an extension of traditional media into its own full-fledged civilization. It is among mankind's great masterpieces - a massive work of art. As an idea, it rivals monotheism. We all inhabit this fascinating place. But its deep logic, its cultural potential, and its societal impact often elude us.
In this deep and thoughtful book, Virginia Heffernan presents an original and far-reaching analysis of what the Internet is and does. Life online, in the highly visual, social, portable, and global incarnation, rewards certain virtues. The new medium favors speed, accuracy, wit, prolificacy, and versatility, and its form and functions are changing how we perceive, experience, and understand the world.
©2016 Virginia Heffernan (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
This book shines a new light on the Internet and our increasingly digital world. By virtue of her intelligent analysis of the potential this inevitable frontier holds, Heffernan challenges us to make the most of our online life, celebrate the creative and collaborative opportunities it presents, and assuage our concerns about "too much screen time" by getting out more in the real world. The Audible version is nicely read - fun to listen too. I still plan to read my hard copy, too!
I thought the story was to be only about the Internet but it turned in to a very personal and wonderful story about a woman's search and resolution. My focus became more intense as the book wound down.
None come to mind.
As the story became a personal journal I became more involved.
Ms. Thaxton is a wonderful narrator and wouldn't hesitate to listen to her again. Ms.Heffernan has an interesting perspective that I do not share so I disagreed with her around every corner. Her journalistic accuracy and reportage is excellent and to the point, I like her voice but not her vision. I would like to read her again but will be circumspect of the material.
Sadly not, she has a unique vision that I do not share and in large part I cannot agree. I concur with much of her story but few of her conclusions. If you understand and agree with her perspective you'll love her book.
I watched an interview with Ms Heffernan and enjoyed her conversation so much I decided to read the book. I respect her vision but feel otherwise.
Not for me...I just couldn't connect with the material.
I'm in my 60's and a technologist and lived through and experienced much of what Ms. Heffernan has but with a different perspective. My vision has more in common with Kevin Kelly and his new book. (Also on Audible)
a mix of memoir and cultural and technological criticism that is unlike anything else I've read on the latter two subjects.
still a touch too philosophical (read: up its own ass) for my tastes and (at times) comprehension.
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