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Software and Mind: The Mechanistic Myth and Its Consequences
by Andrei Sorin - Andsor Books , 2013
Addressing general readers and software practitioners, the author discusses the fallacies of the mechanistic ideology and the degradation of minds caused by it. Mechanistic ideology has turned most of our activities into pseudoscientific pursuits.
It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
by danah boyd - Yale University Press , 2014
In this book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. Boyd argues that society fails young people when protectionism hinder teenagers' ability to become informed ...
The Web, a Multilingual Encyclopedia
by Marie Lebert - Project Gutenberg , 2013
The web is an encyclopedia of the world by the world for the world. This book is a chronology from 1974 to 2010. The quotes are excerpts from the interviews conducted by the author during several years and published in the same collection.
Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics
by Jennifer Gabrys - University of Michigan Press , 2011
This is a study of the material life of information and its devices; of electronic waste in its physical and electronic incarnations; a cultural mapping of the spaces where electronics accumulate, break down, or are stowed away.
When Things Start to Think
by Neil Gershenfeld - Henry Holt & Company , 1999
The book explores such ideas as wearable computers, nanotech circuitry implants, as well as such concerns as emotions, money, and civil rights in the new age of AI. Gershenfeld provides a historical overview of the development of computers.
Virtual Worlds: A Journey in Hype and Hyperreality
by Benjamin Woolley - Penguin , 1993
The book examines the reality of virtual reality. It looks at the dramatic intellectual upheavals that gave birth to it, at the hype that surrounds it, at the people who have promoted it, and at the dramatic implications of its development.
Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software
by Christopher M. Kelty - Duke University Press , 2008
The book investigates the cultural significance of free software, revealing the practices that have transformed software. Kelty explains how these practices have reoriented the relations of power around the creation of all kinds of knowledge.
Identity in the Age of Cloud Computing
by J. D. Lasica - The Aspen Institute , 2009
The author explores the transformative possibilities of the cloud computing for culture, commerce and personal communication. The report considers potential consequences for privacy, governance and security, and it includes policy recommendations.
The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom
by Yochai Benkler - Yale University Press , 2007
In this thick academic book, Yale law professor Benkler offers a comprehensive catalog of flashpoints in the conflict between old and new information creators. An ambitious attempt to understand how the internet is changing society.
by Virginia Shea - Albion Books , 1994
This book brings etiquette to the bustling frontiers of cyberspace. The author establishes the do's and the don'ts of communicating online, from the Golden Rule to the art of the flame, from the elements of electronic style to virtual romance.
A Companion to Digital Humanities
by Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, John Unsworth - Wiley-Blackwell , 2004
A complete yet concise overview of this emerging discipline. The book addresses the central concerns of those interested in the subject. The articles are grouped into topical sections focusing on the experience of particular disciplines.
After the Software Wars
by Keith Curtis - Lulu.com , 2008
Given the technology that's already available, we should have cars that drive us around, in absolute safety, while we lounge in the back and sip champagne. This book explains how we can build better software and all get our own high-tech chauffeur.
The Dark Visitor: Inside the World of Chinese Hackers
by Scott J. Henderson - Lulu.com , 2007
This book analyzes the history, ideology, organization, exploits, and political motivations of the Chinese hacker network. Whenever possible, the information contained herein has been taken directly from the Chinese hacker organization itself.
Tools for Thought
by Howard Rheingold - The MIT Press , 2000
Where will our new machines take us? Back in 1985, forward-thinking Howard Rheingold asked research pioneers to describe the nascent personal-computer revolution and its trajectory. The book is an excellent slice of retrospective 'futurism'.
The Future Does Not Compute
by Steve Talbott - O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. , 1995
The author brings years of computer and Internet experience to the table, leavened by a skepticism of techno-idealism, disdain of muddy thinking, and fear that we have embraced an overwhelming force before we've begun to examine its implications.
Moths to the Flame: The Seductions of Computer Technology
by Gregory J. E. Rawlins - The MIT Press , 1997
The book is a mixture of futuristic prophecy and historical perspective covering all aspects of computer technology, some frightening, some fanciful. Rawlins reminds us that computers can only reflect the needs and values of their users.
The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English
by Grant Barrett - McGraw-Hill , 2006
The Dictionary presents more than 750 words that have unofficially joined the English language. These words are hot off the street, new even to cyberspace. Each entry features a definition, etymology, and at least three citations from print.
The Psychology of Cyberspace
by John Suler - Rider University , 2006
This hypertext book explores the psychological aspects of environments created by computers and online networks. It presents an evolving conceptual framework for understanding how people react to and behave within cyberspace.
Hanging Out in the Virtual Pub
by Lori Kendall - University of California Press , 2002
Lori Kendall explores the brave new world of social relations as they have evolved on the Internet. In this highly readable ethnography, she examines how men and women negotiate their gender roles on an online forum she calls BlueSky.
Hello World: Travels In Virtuality
by Sue Thomas - Raw Nerve Books , 2004
The story of a life online. Part travelogue, part memoir, Sue Thomas draws on her online travels as well as her physical journeys in the USA, Australia, Spain and England. The author deals with the synergies between digital and physical worlds.
The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier
by Howard Rheingold - Perseus Books , 1993
Written by the man known as the First Citizen of the Internet, this book covers Rheingold's experiences with virtual communities. It starts off with his home community, The Well, out of Sausilito, CA, and makes its way through MUDs and beyond.
by R. Yassini, S. Schley, L. Ellis, R. Brown - Cisco Press , 2003
The book examines the promise behind the broadband: high-speed access to interactive media and communications. The authors explain why broadband is more than just a better connection to the Internet, and how it improves on every aspect of life.
Spreading the Word on the Internet
by Christiane Hardy, Christian Möller - OSCE , 2003
Reflections from the Amsterdam Conference on Freedom of the Media and the Internet, June 2003. The book includes articles by representatives from the OSCE, the Council of Europe, journalists and media NGOs from Europe and the United States.
by Owen Kelly - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation , 1996
Artists from all areas are moving to the digital world. This book looks at how digital creativity has evolved. It examines the tools available, gives examples of artistic work currently being produced, and questions the cultural implications.
Blown to Bits
by Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, Harry Lewis - Addison-Wesley Professional , 2008
Can you control who sees all that personal information about you? This book offers provocative answers to this question and tells intriguing real-life stories. It is a wake-up call to the human consequences of the digital explosion.
The New Hacker's Dictionary (The Jargon File)
by Eric S. Raymond - The MIT Press
A comprehensive compendium of hacker slang illuminating many aspects of hackish tradition, folklore, and humor. This is no snoozer dictionary of technical terms, it's the slang and secret language among computer jocks that offers the most fun.
How Open Is the Future?
by Marleen Wynants, Jan Cornelis - ASP-VUB Press , 2008
The book provides an open platform for a wide range of lawyers, journalists, artists, and activists to discuss the future of open-source and free software, the evolution, prospects, and issues of sharing knowledge and ideas through technology.
The Future of the Internet
by Jonathan Zittrain - Yale University Press , 2008
The book explains the engine that has catapulted the Internet from backwater to ubiquity and reveals that it is sputtering precisely because of its runaway success. The generative Internet is on a path to a lockdown, ending its cycle of innovation.
We the Media
by Dan Gillmor - O'Reilly Media, Inc. , 2004
The book about journalism's transformation from a mass-media structure to something more democratic, a story of evolutionary change and a modern revolution, because technology has given us a toolkit that allows anyone to become a journalist.
In the Beginning was the Command Line
by Neal Stephenson - Harper Perennial , 1999
This is a thoughtful, irreverent, hilarious treatise on the cyber-culture past and present; on operating system tyrannies and downloaded popular revolutions; on the Internet, Disney World, Big Bangs, not to mention the meaning of life itself.