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Deeper: Adventures on the Net Paperback – February 19, 1998
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Deeper is a record of John Seabrook's wide-eyed romance, and eventual disillusionment, with the brave new world of cyberspace. Unlike most books on the topic, this one features little in the way of pontification: Seabrook is too busy absorbing the disappointments of online life, such as his first flame (which became the subject of a New Yorker article) and an abortive attempt at cybersex. This sane, funny, and charming book really does capture the lighter-than-air feeling one gets during an initial brush with new technology--and the morning-after feeling that follows. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Seabrook, a staff writer for The New Yorker, explains the cyberspace phenomenon to old folks?i.e., anyone over 20?with this account of his virtual odyssey.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I remember all too clearly the early, rather geeky days that Seabrook describes. Seriously, how did I go from saying that I couldn't think of a single reason to have a computer in my home to being virtually lost if it is down--even for a single day? That feeling is the reason that I decided not to create a home page, join facebook, purchase a smartphone or start texting--each of those things would entail giving up a very personal, human contact with a friend or relative. I may have missed out on some cool folks that I might have met online but my everyday life feels so busy already and part of that is because of all the information on the web, all the news, the emails, etc. It is a love-hate relationship and Seabrook managed to put into words some of the feelings that I've had.
I just finished reading this book for the first time and most shocking of all was realizing how much has changed and how quickly those changes have taken place. It made me think about my own decisions about where to draw the line for myself. I know that a lot of my friends hate that I'm not on Facebook and don't text. And, while I do understand that might seem crazy to those who grew up in the full bloom of the Net or the ones who think I am really missing out on something--the real question is, "Am I?" I used to feel exactly that way about those poor pitiful hold-outs who didn't own a COLOR television. I realize that the real truth is that you don't know what you are missing unless you try it. But, it is like a drug--when you look around and see everyone so immersed in those things and you don't understand because you don't have that need for it--YET!!!! For me, it really comes down to-- do you need it? Because I know quite well that if I don't need it now....once I start using it, I will not be able to imagine life without it ever again.
Right now, I watch the latest generation's attachment to their phones and texting and see another change happening in my lifetime. From the excitement of having a giant phone that I could take outside on the back porch with me to seeing the total demise of phone booths on city streets to watching groups of people so involved with whatever is taking place on their smartphone that they don't interact with the people sharing the same room (or table) with them. I almost wish that Seabrook would write another book continuing on where this on left off--so that I could understand. That is what I loved the most about his writing, it was so personal that it allowed me to experience the "journey" with him.