Monday, October 13, 2014

I found my three choices at The search was restricted to key word “Information Society” and within the last two years. My goal was to find a book that ties to together all our previous coursework. The three books I chose were as follows:

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other Paperback – October 2, 2012 by Sherry Turkle-This book explores the ramifications of an online society and our social well-being. It takes a look at how technology is increasing, while emotional lives are decreasing. It depicts the dangers we fall prey to online, while comparing fake digital communication with authentic communication.

Pirate Politics: The New Information Policy Contests (The Information Society Series) Hardcover – January 24, 2014 by Patrick Burkart  (Author)-This book follows tells the story of a Swedish Pirate party that fights to eliminate copy-righted materials and release every bit of information to everyone. It dies directly into our control revolution framework. This group fights to eliminate controls that have been put in place by society and bring about a ‘free culture.’ The group has been coined a form of ‘cultural environmentalism.’

Information Ethics: Privacy, Property, and Power [Kindle Edition]Adam D. Moore (Author)-This book focuses on ethical issues surrounding free speech and information control. Now with the mass distribution of online material and global network society, we must take a look at how the information can be controlled and what control technologies must be put in place. Famous writings by Aristotle, John Stuart Mill, and Immanuel Kant offer insight onto appropriate course of actions.

Scholarly and Non-Scholar Reviews-

The book I decided on was Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other Paperback – October 2, 2012 by Sherry Turkle. My number one reasons of choosing it was it focuses on the affects of our digital convergence and rapid increase in communication online. I believe society is changing and I want to know if it’s for the better or worse. I here older generations say for the worse, but I can’t help think is it because they are bias or is it really unraveling authentic communication and ideas. It was a fair price and looks like an interesting read. I found the book length on Google Books. It looked to just under 300 pages, which is standard. On Library Thing it received an average rating of 3.75/5, 561 members, 19 reviews, and 5 mentions. 

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