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Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better by [Thompson, Clive]
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In this excursion into techno-optimism, Thompson discusses computerized, interconnected social activity. Relying on journalism’s staple of the human-interest story, he describes individuals’ experiences of exploring the Internet in pursuit of their interests. In Thompson’s examples, those pursuits range from retrieving a personal memory to critiquing TV shows to finding a house for sale to researching proteins to organizing political movements. The commonalities Thompson finds among all those searches are prodigious data storage-and-retrieval capacities and the latent presence in cyberspace of someone interested in what you’re interested in. Connecting interest with information animates Thompson’s many anecdotes, whose motif of the delight felt by strangers or long-lost friends upon discovering a mutual concern propels his belief that Twitter, Facebook, and social-media sites built by amateurs positively motivate people to think and write better. To criticisms that social media degrade or isolate people, Thompson ripostes with studies or classroom examples that show improvements in learning and the creation of collaborative groups. A lively presenter with a sunny outlook, Thompson will engage readers drawn to the sociology of technology. --Gilbert Taylor

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'Judicious and insightful ... Thompson avoids both the hype and the hand-wringing so common among digital age pontificators' Walter Isaacson, New York Times 'Almost without noticing it, the internet has become our intellectual exoskeleton. Rather than just observing this evolution, Clive Thompson takes us to the people, places and technologies driving it, bringing deep reporting, storytelling and analysis to one of the most profound shifts in human history' Chris Anderson '[An] enjoyable study of the digital world ... both fascinating and thought-provoking ... [Thompson] remains admirably sober about the limits of technology's' edifying influence on us: technology, he reminds us, is only ever as smart as the person using it' Sunday Times 'Thompson is a talented storyteller ... The world outside ... is, on balance, much weirder than you think' The Times 'Thompson has started an important debate in this lively and accessible book' Scotsman 'We should be grateful to have such a clear-eyed and lucid interpreter of our changing technological culture as Clive Thompson. Smarter Than You Think is an important, insightful book about who we are, and who we are becoming' Joshua Foer, New York Times bestselling author of Moonwalking with Einstein

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  • File Size: 1310 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007544162
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (September 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C5R7AJK
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