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Andrew Keen : Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us
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Author: Andrew Keen
Title: Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us
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Published in: English
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Date: 2012-05-22
ISBN: 0312624980
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Weight: 0.75 pounds
Size: 5.79 x 8.5 x 0.93 inches
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"Digital Vertigo provides an articulate, measured, contrarian voice against a sea of hype about social media. As an avowed technology optimist, I'm grateful for Keen who makes me stop and think before committing myself fully to the social revolution." —Larry Downes, author of The Killer App
 
In Digital Vertigo, Andrew Keen presents today’s social media revolution as the most wrenching cultural transformation since the Industrial Revolution. Fusing a fast-paced historical narrative with front-line stories from today’s online networking revolution and critiques of "social" companies like Groupon, Zynga and LinkedIn, Keen argues that the social media transformation is weakening, disorienting and dividing us rather than establishing the dawn of a new egalitarian and communal age. The tragic paradox of life in the social media age, Keen says, is the incompatibility between our internet longings for community and friendship and our equally powerful desire for online individual freedom. By exposing the shallow core of social networks, Andrew Keen shows us that  the more electronically connected we become, the lonelier and less powerful we seem to be.
 
 
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