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The End of Patience : Cautionary Notes on the Information Revolution - David Shenk

The End of Patience

Cautionary Notes on the Information Revolution

Hardcover Published: 22nd August 1999
ISBN: 9780253336347
Number Of Pages: 161

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"David Shenk looks at the new face of our world with a curiosity and connection-making responsiveness that make him exhilarating to read. These are bits, takes, provisional sweeps at issues still coming into focus, but taken together they give us a startling glimpse of where we are. Shenk is so close to the present that most readers will mistake it for the future." -- SVEN BIRKERTS, author, THE GUTENBERG ELEGIES

"If the world of constant, instantaenous communication makes you a little nervous from time to time, David Shenk can explain why. This book is a very useful antidote to the endless praise lavished on the new electronic mediums. Read it slowly " -- BILL McKIBBEN, author, THE AGE OF MISSING INFORMATION

In this provocative new collection of essays, David Shenk expands his enlightened skepticism to include thoughts on the dangers of online journalism, the ethical implications of digital photography, and the misguided hopes for computers in the classroom. Shock-jocks, computerized toys, Microsoft-bashing, and genetic testing are all subject to his incisive and discerning criticism.

Is Shenk just another neo-Luddite determined to bash all things digital? Hardly. This self-described technology enthusiast -- and avid fan of the Internet -- is simply interested in clear-eyed analysis of how machines we use actually affect our lives. As one of the founders of the Technorealism movement, he insists that new technologies must be appraised for their ability to achieve traditional human ends, rather than embraced merely for novelty's sake. The End of Patience includes vignettes from Shenk's conversations with some of the most provocative technology thinkers of our time, including Mitch Kapor, Steven Johnson, Esther Dyson, Douglas Rushkoff and Steve Silberman.

Prologue: The Problem with Hypertextp. ix
Introduction and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Disease of Images
Stealing Calmp. 3
Just Sit Stillp. 10
When More Is Less
The Devolution Has Been Televisedp. 15
More Is Lessp. 18
A Wrinkle in Cyberspacep. 21
The World Wide Libraryp. 24
The Mother of All Howard Sternsp. 27
Disclose Disclose Disclosep. 29
Ad Creep (Excerpts from an E-dialogue with Steven Johnson)p. 31
The End of Patience
The End of Patiencep. 41
The Age of Net Scoopsp. 43
This Just Inp. 45
A Few Moments with Steve Silbermanp. 47
The Paparazzi Is Us
The Paparazzi Is Usp. 53
Not Kissing but Telling Anywayp. 56
Ph.D., Inc.p. 59
The World According to Youp. 72
The World and Redmond, Washington
Deep Pocketsp. 77
Hating Gatesp. 79
A Few Moments with Mitchell Kaporp. 90
To Mac or Not to Macp. 92
A Few Moments with Douglas Rushkoffp. 100
Generation Next
School Bells and Whistlesp. 105
"Use Technology to Raise Smarter, Happier Kids"p. 106
Hall Pass to the Twenty-first Centuryp. 120
Stupid Kid-Tricksp. 122
Biocapitalismp. 124
Be Afraidp. 135
A Philosophy for the Rest of Usp. 139
Technorealism: An Overviewp. 141
A Few Moments with Esther Dysonp. 145
Know Thy Motherboardp. 147
Epilogue: Here Is Tokyop. 152
Name Indexp. 159
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ISBN: 9780253336347
ISBN-10: 0253336341
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 161
Published: 22nd August 1999
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.61  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.36