YOU ARE NOT A GADGET is a passionate and thought-provoking critique of Silicon Valley from behind its ramparts, and a must-read for anyone interested in the ways technology is affecting our culture. In his first book, Jaron Lanier, a visionary leader in the development of virtual reality technology (and the man who popularized the term), sounds the alarm: our humanity is under digital attack as the software that increasingly governs our lives impoverishes what it is to be a person.
A couple of weeks ago, I watched the film “The Social Network.” I expect most of us know what the film is about, but for those who donâ€™t, itâ€™s the fictionalized account of the creation of the social networking internet site: Facebook. I liked the film a lot, and one of the things that remained with me after the credits rolled is the changing idea of friendship. In the age of the internet, what does friendship mean? It used to be that we made friends in school, at work or at university, but now many of us have friendships with people online that weâ€™ve never actually met in person. Are these relationships real? Are they substitutes, or are they a facsimile of the “real” thing.
The authenticity of relationships is just one of the many things that trouble the protagonist of Jonathan Coeâ€™s latest novel, THE TERRIBLE PRIVACY OF MAXWELL SIM.
March 11, 2011
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Tags: 21st-Century, Friendship, Jonathan Coe, Knopf, Virtual Reality Â· Posted in: 2011 Favorites, Contemporary, Drift-of-Life, Humorous, Reading Guide, United Kingdom
Rich world-building is hard enough, but in THE TEMPORAL VOID, Peter F. Hamilton has created not one, but two universes that intersect each other. The lives of the people in the Void are dreamt about by people in the Commonwealth Universe through the gaiafield. The journey of Edeard, an egg shaper from Ashwell to the crystal city of Makkathran and the headway he makes as an outsider to clean up the city’s gangs is the subject of the dreams in the first volume, THE DREAMING VOID.