Digital Vertigo (FREE Extended Extract)

Digital Vertigo (FREE Extended Extract)

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This an Extended Extract of Digital Vertigo to be published on May 22nd 2012. You can follow Andrew Keen: @ajkeen In Digital Vertigo, Andrew Keen presents today's social media revolution as the most wrenching cultural transformation since the Industrial Revolution. Fusing a fast-paced historical narrative with front-line stories from today's online networking revolution and critiques of qsocialq companies like Groupon, Zynga and LinkedIn, Keen argues that the social media transformation is weakening, disorienting and dividing us rather than establishing the dawn of a new egalitarian and communal age. The tragic paradox of life in the social media age, Keen says, is the incompatibility between our internet longings for community and friendship and our equally powerful desire for online individual freedom. By exposing the shallow core of social networks, Andrew Keen shows us that the more electronically connected we become, the lonelier and less powerful we seem to be.The book you areabout to read is a defense of the mystery and secrecy of individual existence. ... in a world that, by 2020, will contain around 50 billion intelligent networked devices53 such as my BlackBerry Bold with its all toointelligent apps.

Title:Digital Vertigo (FREE Extended Extract)
Author: Andrew Keen
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2012-03-01

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