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To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism
by Evgeny Morozov

Excellent. Highly recommended examination of how technology is conceived and re-conceived. While I tend to be much more of an optimist about the impact of these technologies than Morozov, this is a sober minded (rather than just negative) consideration of what these technologies could and do imply. This is not just a ‘end of privacy/real experiences/thought’ etc. screed against the Internet, but challenges our conception of what “the Internet” is and how that conception affects our understanding and engagement with technology, and even the design and use of technology. The book has some flaws, such as the somewhat unrealistic ‘what-ifs’ he uses to suggest negative consequences for as yet untested technologies, and the concluding chapters are slightly weaker as the critic tries to turn constructive. Still, if you are interested in the idea of technology and how we engage with it, this is a must read.

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