Against the Machine

Against the Machine

Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob

Book - 2008
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Essayist Siegel is known for passionately arguing contrarian points of view, which is why he's the perfect person to write a critical book about the Web that has almost nothing to do with technology and everything to do with what it's doing to the people who use it. Siegel forces readers to radically rethink a familiar medium, arguing that the Web and complementary developments--from reality television to the emergence of business prophets like Malcolm Gladwell--are giving rise to a new and malevolent mass culture, an "electronic mob," that threatens to overwhelm long-held concepts of humanity, democracy, and the individual. In making this argument, Siegel offers up startling insights about all aspects of culture--from American Idol to futurism, film techniques to Internet dating--that reveal hidden connections and dilemmas, providing a fresh and provocative vision of how our world is changing.--From publisher description
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385522656
0385522657
Branch Call Number: 303.4833 Sie
Characteristics: x, 182 p. ; 22 cm

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Feb 18, 2015

A well written book, especially Part One. Insightful; the questions at the end of the introduction are worth writing down and thinking about on a regular basis. As he points out, where is the Web's and Big Data's Ralph Nader?

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