Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Book choice Czarnecki

I began my search with the typical "information society" and did not restrict my year of publication at first. I wanted to get a sense of how the book summaries changed as time went on before I narrowed it down to the last two year. When I added the year constraint I also added a few more search words i the advanced search that were "digital divide" and "social media." I kept them non-exclusive to get different options. The three novels I delved an interest into were:

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other Paperback – October 2, 2012 by Sherry TurkleThis novel talks about our society based online, and "together" yet completely isolated.  It takes into account our own well being and the effects this could have on humans. It works along side Van Dijks idea that the interconnectivity of the internet may "bring us together" but ultimately makes us sad and feel lonely. 

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism- April 1, 2014 by Jeremy Rifkin- This book is written by a well-known best selling author and delves into a new era that the internet and interconnected networks are creating. One were goods and service (such as education) are becoming free and how this will impact capitalism. The irony of this is how technology propelled capitalism so much, but now will it cause its destruction too?

Media/Society: Industries, Images, and Audiences by David Croteau- November 19, 2013
This text aims to help the readers understand the framework and relationship between media and society. With today's youth struggling with an identity crisis, this book attempts to help readers develop skills for their own beliefs and conventional wisdom, and how the two may be different. It uses case studies and real life examples to explore our current information society.


At first I wanted to read, Alone Together, but I noticed another student is writing about this novel so I decided The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism was a close second. This is written by the great Jeremy Rifkin and I am excited to see what he has to say about how the information society could take away from us as human beings and how our economy could change in the near future. Exploring what is and what could come to be interests me intensely. It has good reviews and 4/5 stars on many websites, so I believe this will be a good fit for me. Many reviews said they flew through the book so I hope I can become just as excited when I start to read it . 

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