Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson
I feel like our culture is always so focused on the negatives of our rapidly evolving technology culture that we overlook the positives. Clive Thompson’s book is about those positives. Thompson argues that we are continually learning to harness new technologies to enhance our thought process rather than degrade them. He also points out that all the fears surrounding the digital age were once the same anxieties that came with all innovations including the printing press, telephone, radio and television and yet, we are not dumber or culturally bereft because of them. Blogging and status updates are allowing us to write more and with global audiences in mind; Google has given us an enormous transactive memory that allows us to focus on our passions and the bigger picture; the connectedness of the Internet allows for collective problem-solving. This book is an insightful and informative view of how technology is changing us for the better.
Time to un-box another round of goodies from Book Riot’s Quarterly Box.
This quarter’s box contains:
The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon: A near-ish future cyberpunk novel where handheld technology has replaced all printed word. A few brave word lovers are trying to finish the final edition of the North American Dictionary when their editor goes missing. The box also contains a special note written by the author detailing some events after the end of the book.
Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson: A book that provides a counterargument to the notion that the internet is ruining civilization. It details how technology allows us to think more creatively and be more connected.
Pop Chart Lab Literary Genres Map: A flow chart showing the distinctions between different literary genres. So I can finally figure out the difference between apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic and dystopian science fiction.
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