Our society has gone through a weird, unremarked transition: once a novelty, the Net is now something that we take for granted, like mains electricity or running water. In the process we've been surprisingly incurious about its significance or cultural implications. How has our society become dependent on a utility that it doesn't really understand?
John Naughton has distilled the noisy chatter surrounding the internet's relentless evolution into nine clear-sighted areas of understanding. In doing so he affords everyone the requisite knowledge to make better use of the technologies and networks around us, as well as highlighting some of their more disturbing implications.
"A fantastic read and a marvel of economy.... This is the kind of primer you want to slide under your boss' door" (Cory Doctorow, Observer)
"An accessible guide to the Internet, which covers the nine need-to-know ideas about its cultural significance." (Sunday Times)
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Entertaining, profound and wide reaching in scope
One of the best books I have listened to this year.
It's everything you would want to know about the development of the internet and what this may or may not imply for the future.
It's entertaining and incredibly well written.
It's as light and entertaining as a ted talk and it still feels that way after 8 hours. The author manages to intertwine the great thinkers of philosophy and literature with the development of the internet in all its parts, great and small. And yet following the discussion through the book is effortless.
IT is often considered a bit boring, but John Naughton gives it life and colours in a literary style that reminds me of Stephen Fry.
The part on copyright law really made me understand the problems lawyers have been discussing for years about the internet.
The narrator also does a very good job, making the book easy to follow and understand, while at the same time being pleasant to the ear.
I find it to be a profound master piece on internet history.
Oh if only I had, had professors like this at university, what delightful pleasure learning would have been…
Thank you John Naughton for this wonderful book.
How the information was presented.
He makes it easy to understand and comprehend.
Laugh, think and go; hmmm...