Against the Machine by Lee Siegel (Spiegel & Grau, $9.99)
We-Think by Charles Leadbeater (Profile, £12.99)
Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky (Allen Lane, £20)
Central to these three books is an old idea: that technology is a “locomotive” revolutionising society. Where the authors differ is in their views as to where the locomotive is pulling us. Lee Siegel is a pessimist who believes that information technology is destroying society; Clay Shirky and Charles Leadbeater are optimists who think it is enabling us to realise ourselves as social beings.
The locomotive may be old and dirty, but it does…
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