- A Critical Romp Through the Terribly Libertarian Culture of High-Tech
- Narrated by: Paula Parker
- Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-26-01
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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Producer: Lisa Cahn
Original cover photograph by Geoff Spear
Original cover design by John Gall
Author photograph by Leslie Kosoff
©2000 by Paulina Borsook
(p) 2001 Random House, Inc.
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By Frank J. Sewald on 08-17-04
If I Use Big Words, Does It Make Me Smart & Witty
As someone who usually enjoys reading about the culture of technology, I was looking forward to listening to this book. However, my expectations of the next Po Bronson or Sherry Turkle were sadly misplaced.
If there is a point to this book, I confess that I haven't a clue. I gave up on it after listening to nearly half of it. I was hoping for an alternative viewpoint to Rushkoff's 'Cyberia' or Levy's 'Hacker Crackdown', since she does touch a bit on both the Rave and Cypherpunk cultures. What I was not expecting was what appears to be a diatribe on the author's own hard feelings towards the industry. Everything she has to say is extremely negative, or tinged with so much sarcasm that it's impossible to judge what point she is trying to make. Well, except for the fact that she is very bitter about her experiences with 'Wired' magazine. That comes across loud and clear.
Although the book is read by someone other than the author, the reader accurately portrays the author's love of her own voice. She comes across as one of those people who take five minutes to say something that needs a sentence at most. Not only is she addicted to adjectives and labels, but she seems to be on a mission to see how many can fit in one run-on sentence. If you doubt this, just read the book's title and description. This makes it really hard to follow, or understand, what the author is trying express. So much so, that I had to concentrate more on focusing on listening to the book, rather than watching the road.
How unremarkable is this book? Consider the fact that not once, not twice, but three times my iPod reset to a previous chapter, and it was nearly 10 minutes before I realized that I had already listened to that chapter.
Sadly, it seems that the best books on cyber-culture remain solely in print, and not in Audible form. If you are looking for a 10 hour rant on the soul of the internet and technology, this is certainly one point of view. Just not the most accurate or well-
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