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How is the internet changing the way you think? That is one of the dominant questions of our time, one which affects almost every aspect of our life and future. And it's exactly what John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, posed to more than 150 of the world's most influential minds. Brilliant, farsighted, and fascinating, Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think? is an essential guide to the Net-based world.

Published: HarperCollins on Jan 18, 2011
ISBN: 9780062078551
List price: $7.99
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Fantastic idea to put this very "hot" question to 150 very "skilled" people. The result is a broad spectre of insights and opinions, and of course not everything is relevant. But this sample has enough sensible material to form your own opinion, and in the same time to stay prudent. In my view the Internet is absolutely a great step forward for mankind. But you must not stay blind for the dangers (especially the Big-Brother-aspect) and you must search for a way to keep the use of it "controllable" and "enjoyable".read more
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There are 150 essays in this book, many of which are thought provoking. They are organized around a question posed to each author - is the Internet changing the way you think - and the responses are interesting. The focus is not just on the technology but rather on the types of media used, the social interactions, the impact on thinking and reading, and so on. The quality of the essays varies widely, with some seeming to fail to answer the question (or at least that's how I felt after I read them). The authors are a who's who of "thought leaders" and it would be surprising if some set of essays didn't appeal to just about anyone interested in how the Internet is impacting human thought. It is not a book I'd acquire - if you follow the authors who are on the Web, their essays will be familiar already - but it was worth a single read.read more
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Fantastic idea to put this very "hot" question to 150 very "skilled" people. The result is a broad spectre of insights and opinions, and of course not everything is relevant. But this sample has enough sensible material to form your own opinion, and in the same time to stay prudent. In my view the Internet is absolutely a great step forward for mankind. But you must not stay blind for the dangers (especially the Big-Brother-aspect) and you must search for a way to keep the use of it "controllable" and "enjoyable".
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
There are 150 essays in this book, many of which are thought provoking. They are organized around a question posed to each author - is the Internet changing the way you think - and the responses are interesting. The focus is not just on the technology but rather on the types of media used, the social interactions, the impact on thinking and reading, and so on. The quality of the essays varies widely, with some seeming to fail to answer the question (or at least that's how I felt after I read them). The authors are a who's who of "thought leaders" and it would be surprising if some set of essays didn't appeal to just about anyone interested in how the Internet is impacting human thought. It is not a book I'd acquire - if you follow the authors who are on the Web, their essays will be familiar already - but it was worth a single read.
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