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Me++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City Hardcover – October 2, 2003
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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's approach is hopeful (rather than hype-ful)...(Jim McClellan The Guardian)
The brave new world of Me++ will allow us to rethink urban life from the bottom up.(James Harking Financial Times Magazine)
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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--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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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.