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Disappointing -- Not as Good as 'Chaos',
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This review is from: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood (Kindle Edition)
Spending money on an e-book about the current flood of information -- and spending time reading it -- feels like one of the stupidest things I have done in quite some time.
James Gleick is a good writer. But he doesn't have a whole lot to say, here. One thing he does in this book is draw a distinction -- or rather highlight someone else's distinction -- between "information" and "meaning". This book has a fair amount of the former, not enough of the latter.
I learned the term "noosphere". And the book gave me a keener appreciation for the degree of information pollution that has arisen from the latest leaps in technology that make it easier than ever for anyone to disseminate anything: I will think harder before publishing just any old blog post. I even thought hard before posting this review! This is not a bad book, but the ratio of text to meaning is annoyingly high. The acknowledgements, notes, bibliography, and index comprise more than 40% of the book's length.
In my humble opinion, one's time would be better spent reading or re-reading the novel `Cryptonomicon', by Neal Stephenson, or the play `Arcadia', by Tom Stoppard, or even just sitting quietly and meditating.
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Initial post: Mar 16, 2011 9:09:15 AM PDT
Michael Mimo says:
Posted on Mar 16, 2011 11:06:04 AM PDT
Peter B says:
Posted on Mar 16, 2011 12:00:46 PM PDT
Joseph C. Gates says:
Thanks for letting us know about the 40% of non readable text in the book. That's useful information.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2011 3:00:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 16, 2011 3:02:35 PM PDT
Time Traveler says:
Thank you for the feedback, Peter B. I have softened my prose a bit because of it. FWIW.
Posted on Mar 17, 2011 4:44:21 PM PDT
I have to admit that I laughed out loud at "or even just sitting quietly and meditating."
Posted on Mar 20, 2011 8:31:46 AM PDT
Ruth Henriquez Lyon says:
I like your perspective. I still plan to read the book, but I'll be keeping your comments in mind.
Posted on Apr 2, 2011 9:07:08 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2011 12:59:35 PM PDT
Daniel E. Hofford says:
And how do you think you sound?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2011 1:52:42 PM PDT
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Posted on Jan 23, 2012 11:09:32 AM PST
Ron Wolf says:
Indeed an amusing review and deserving of a quick thanks for taking the time. Arcadia indeed....