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ISBN-13: 978-0300154108
ISBN-10: 0300154100
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“A fascinating collection… these essays will certainly resonate with you for quite some time, encouraging you to discover some gems hidden in the crevices of the Internet”—Edward Valauskas, First Monday
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"This is a fantastic series"—Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
(Cory Doctorow BoingBoing 2009-12-08)

"Kim Stanley Robinson said recently that we're all living in a science-fiction novel.  The essays is this excellent collection, edited by author Steven Johnson, explore how technology is shaping our lives."—The Guardian
(The Guardian 2009-12-12)

"Chock full of great characters, ideas and passions."—Amanda Gefter, New Scientist
(Amanda Gefter New Scientist 2009-10-31)

About the Author

Steven Johnson is the author of six books, including the recent bestsellers The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, and Everything Bad Is Good for You. He writes for the New York Times Magazine, Wired, the Guardian, Discover, and other publications, and has made numerous appearances on Charlie Rose, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report. He lives in Brooklyn.




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Product Details

  • Series: The Best Technology Writing
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300154100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300154108
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,187,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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danah boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Her research examines the intersection of technology, society, and youth culture. Currently, she's focused on research questions related to "big data", privacy and publicity, youth meanness and cruelty, and human trafficking.

To learn more about danah, check out her website: or visit her blog: Apophenia -

You can also find danah on Twitter @zephoria

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I am a theoretical physicist with an insatiable taste for all things technological. My home is filled with all sorts of gadgets, I am subscribed to several technology magazines, checking up on several tech websites and blogs is part of my morning routine, and I regularly write reviews of technology books and gadgets on Amazon and a couple other websites. I am also a bookworm and love reading and writing. With all this in mind a book that purports to be a collection of the best technology writing would seem like an ideal reading material for me. Unfortunately, this turned out not to be the case and this collection of essays is one of the more disappointing books that I've had the displeasure of reading in recent months. It turns out that most of the articles (with a few notable exceptions) in this collection deal with technology as a background for some other social, political, or artistic development. Rhapsodizing at length about blogging (which, by the way, is already considered passé) is no different than talking about sitcoms in the early days of television. An article about a "green" Danish island is actually very explicit about this point. The writer clearly says: "And that is the real lesson from Samso. What has happened here is a social not a technological revolution." Apparently, the editor of this collection didn't get that lesson. The collection overall seems much more concerned with making the "technology" writing palatable to the general technophobic audience than it is trying to appeal to people who are actually interested in technology. If that really is the case, then I think that the editor is underestimating the technological sophistication of today's general reading public.Read more ›
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