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  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (October 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262134349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262134347
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,029,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...Mitchell floats clearly conveyed assertions on a stream of technological and historical detail." Andrea Oppenheimer Dean Architectural Record



"Mitchell's book, Me++ is an attempt to fill in the gaps, to understand the effects of all this on our already media-savvy selves when digital access to the web and to each other is now so commonplace as to have become a utility like gas or water." Financial Times



"Sweeping, startling... provocative." Tom Vanderbilt I.D. Magazine



"This book is a total gas to read and the very definition of 'thought-provoking.'" Bruce Sterling Metropolis



" Me++ is an essential read for anyone trying to make sense of the bewildering advances that are transforming our world." Richard Mateosian IEEE Micro



" Me++ is an exhilarating read, jam-packed with interesting facts, colorful phrases, imagery and sage insights." Joanne Baker Nature



"MIT planning professor William Mitchell peers into the gloom better than almost anyone else." APA



"...Mitchell floats clearly conveyed assertions on a stream of technological and historical detail..." Andrea Oppenheimer Dean Architectural Record



"Mitchell's approach is hopeful (rather than hype-ful)..." Jim McClellan The Guardian



"Sweeping, startling...provocative." Tom Vanderbilt I.D. Magazine



"The brave new world of Me++ will allow us to rethink urban life from the bottom up." James Harking Financial Times Magazine



"This book is a total gas to read and the very definition of 'thought-provoking'." Bruce Sterling Metropolis



"Witty, urbane, and informed by a remarkably wide range of reference, Me++ surveys the ways in which digital technologies are transforming our world and ourselves. I cannot think of a better guide to these coming changes than William Mitchell. He is able to see the future without losing sight of the past, and he embodies the technologically savvy yet still deeply humanistic perspective we need to understand and evaluate where our technologies are leading us—and where we should be leading them." N. Katherine Hayles , Hillis Professor of Literature, English Department and Design/Media Arts, University of California, Los Angeles

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"William Mitchell has a rare understanding of the ways in which emerging network culture is changing the social, political, and economic fabric as well as transforming the architecture of cities and the subjects who inhabit them. Savvy, insightful and provocative, Me++ is required reading for anyone baffled by the present and concerned about the future."
--Mark C. Taylor, Columbia University and Williams College

"Mitchell has done it again! This concluding volume of the 'Mitchell trilogy' is at least as disturbingly insightful, as stylistically scintillating, as its predecessors. If you really want to understand how profoundly our world is being transformed by networked communications, read Me++ now."
--Peter Hall, Director, Institute of Community Studies, Bartlett Professor of Planning, University College London

"Witty, urbane, and informed by a remarkably wide range of reference, *Me++* surveys the ways in which digital technologies are transforming our world and ourselves. I cannot think of a better guide to these coming changes than William Mitchell. He is able to see the future without losing sight of the past, and he embodies the technologically savvy yet still deeply humanistic perspective we need to understand and evaluate where our technologies are leading us — and where we should be leading them."
--N. Katherine Hayles, Hillis Professor of Literature, English Department and Design/Media Arts, University of California, Los Angeles

"An exhilarating, but also sometimes terrifying, account of how humanity is being reshaped by its new machines. This is the best tour guide yet written to the brave new world of the digital present."
--Mike Davis, author of *Dead Cities*


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
To someone bewildered by the continuing pace of technological changes, Mitchell offers calming and exciting insights as to where we might all be going. You might well call him a futurist, along the lines of Alvin Toffler and Herman Kahn. Certainly, he writes gracefully, and does not drown you in technobabble.

He describes the rise of a pervasive mobile networking environment around each of us. Encapsulated for the most part in the already ubiquitous cell phone. It is already been noticed by others that cell phone styling is of importance to some users. It bespeaks a fashion sense about themselves that they wish to proclaim to the world. Mitchell suggests that such attitudes will grow, as some manifestations of technology become ever smaller and more closely associated with their users.

A humanising, and not a de-humanising trend.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stop Motion Maniac on April 28, 2011
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I think technology, when used wisely, can do much good. I enjoyed Mitchell's perspective, and I mostly bought the book for artistic reasons and it didn't disappoint.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sf.Shi on February 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is enlightening for urban studies in the future. Clearly as it suggested the urbanist shall be (able to be) more sensitive to non physical spaces as well as 'conventional' spatial interventions. However it is also quesionable in what way we can catch up with the fast, unpredictable development of internet (along with other h-tech industries which has already gone far beyond our imigination), a review on the developed network is self-evidently far from enough. In reality internet users,at the same moment,urban space users learn cyber-space by clicking, browsing, online-purchasing rather than reading, apparently it is more effective and empirically more understandable. This fact makes theories about cyber-society more or less, inevitbly obsolete and seemingly less neccessary. After all the book is intelligent especially when it explicitly, or implicitly indicates the interaction (possible interations) between urban space and cyber-space.
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