Monday, October 13, 2014

I started off by searching for “information society and social identity.” The Age of Context was the first to catch my attention. This book delves into the advances in modern technology that cater to specific human desires. These desires are met because technology monitors our behaviors, interests, desires, etc. An example is how search engines sell our search information to third parties so they can do selective advertising per individual. As a result, our privacy is being compromised by our time spent online. Upon searching for reviews however, this book was had many but no reviews from scholars. Also, not much useful information was provided thru WorldCat or Library Thing.

My second choice was Digitation, a book about how technological changes are giving rise to a different cultures and how they are becoming dependent upon these technologies,  how we form and maintain relationships, how we see and perceive things, etc. In other words, identity is the focus of this book-my sole interest. After searching for reviews or information thru WorldCat, Google Books, or Library Thing, there wasn’t any information so I could no longer pursue this book. Furthermore, there were no scholarly reviews available.

Finally, I decided to change around my search criterion. Upon searching for the two previously mentioned books on WorldCat, a new subject classification caught my attention: Mobile communication systems -- Social aspects. So this was the subject of my next search and I found the final book of my choice: The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything. This book is about how the use of mobile devices across all of society will change aspects of relationships, business, communications, etc. Although it is not as specific as social identity, which is what I previously wanted, it was more of changes in societal identity as a whole. Googlebooks provided several positive reviews, and Library  Thing ranked the book 247,300 with a rating of 2.9; although the rating is not so high, the book still seems very interesting to me because it focuses on several aspects of society changing, not just one.

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