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New Dark Age

Technology and the End of the Future
Narrated by: Emily Beresford
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
3 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

As the world around us increases in technological complexity, our understanding of it diminishes. Underlying this trend is a single idea: The belief that our existence is understandable through computation, and more data is enough to help us build a better world.

In reality, we are lost in a sea of information, increasingly divided by fundamentalism, simplistic narratives, conspiracy theories, and post-factual politics. Meanwhile, those in power use our lack of understanding to further their own interests. Despite the apparent accessibility of information, we're living in a new Dark Age.

From rogue financial systems to shopping algorithms, from artificial intelligence to state secrecy, we no longer understand how our world is governed or presented to us. The media is filled with unverifiable speculation, much of it generated by anonymous software, while companies dominate their employees through surveillance and the threat of automation.

In his brilliant new work, leading artist and writer James Bridle surveys the history of art, technology, and information systems and reveals the dark clouds that gather over our dreams of the digital sublime.

©2018 James Bridle (P)2019 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"New Dark Age is among the most unsettling and illuminating books I've read about the Internet, which is to say that it is among the most unsettling and illuminating books I've read about contemporary life." (New Yorker)

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Brilliant new work, dismally performed

I've had a hardcover copy of this book since Christmas, but my busy schedule this month hasn't given me much time to sit down with it. For that reason, I was very excited to see that an Audible version was set for release on January 22nd. As soon as I opened it up my excitement faded. I'm sorry, and there's isn't a particularly nice way to say this, but this performer's voice is so awkward and distracting that I can't hear past it to grasp the content. It's very disappointing, and I'm glad I used a credit for this instead of paying for it. I can't quite understand why publishers and/or Audible (not sure who's responsible, frankly) aren't more selective about the quality of performers and performances of their content.

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Good book, awful narration

The text is great but the narration is nearly unlistenable, worse than any book I’ve ever purchased through audible. The tone is horribly mismatched for the content. The narrator overemphasizes almost every word, it sounds as if they are doing an exaggerated impression of a newscaster through the entire book.

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  • Noula
  • Modesto, CA
  • 01-23-19

The Title Caught My Attention, I Laughed!

Like I said, the title caught my attention and I laughed. I didn't even read the description I pre-ordered it right away!

This book is great to listen too. It's refreshing each chapter. I enjoyed listening to the narrator Emily she brought the book more to life. Like technology today we use it so much every day. I mean, if you are curious about it might as well get this book. I won't give away any spoilers but I'll say it does have political stuff in the book. The focus is more on technology and actions of them in question.

I give a 5 star for overall, performance, and story. The opinions is quite interesting with some humor and foul language. I would recommend this book to a friend or anyone who is a computer geek.

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capitalism bad, feminism good, socialism is da way

author makes complaints about how people are oppressed by machines and corporations, it's very redundant

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-23-19

Great book - mismatched voice

I have been waiting for this book, James Bridle being one of the contemporary thinkers and artists I hold in high esteem. The book doesn't disappoint (though I haven't finished yet, so detailed review later).
However, having heard his talks and many similar books, the narrator is very out of place and distracting for me. She must be a great narrator for fantasy books, but here it becomes hard to follow the thoughts of Bridle.

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