By Lee Siegel
From the writer hailed through the New York occasions publication assessment for his “drive-by brilliance” and dubbed by means of the New York Times Magazine as “one of the country’s such a lot eloquent and acid-tongued critics” comes a ruthless problem to the normal knowledge concerning the such a lot consequential cultural improvement of our time: the net.
Of direction the net isn't really something or one other; if something, its boosters declare, the internet is every little thing instantly. It’s develop into not just our fundamental medium for conversation and data but additionally where we visit store, to play, to discuss, to discover love. Lee Siegel argues that our ever-deepening immersion in life on-line doesn’t simply reshape the standard rhythms of our days; it additionally reshapes our minds and tradition, in methods with which we haven’t but reckoned. the net and its cultural correlatives and by-products—such because the dominance of truth tv and the increase of the “bourgeois bohemian”—have grew to become privateness into functionality, play into trade, and burdened “self-expression” with paintings. or even as expertise experts ply their exchange using the language of freedom and democracy, we cede increasingly more regulate of our freedom and individuality to the desires of the machine—that confluence of industrial and expertise whose barriers now stretch to surround just about all human job.
Siegel’s argument isn’t a Luddite intervention opposed to the net itself yet quite a bracing allure for us to take care of how it is remodeling us all. Dazzlingly erudite, filled with startlingly unique insights, and buoyed via sharp wit, Against the Machine will strength you to determine our culture—for larger and worse—in a completely new way.
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Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob by Lee Siegel