Theorizing internet-infused life
April 12, 2011 12:17 PM Subscribe
Recommend a nonfiction book (or article/essay/shorter piece) that theorizes what life is like now with present internet (and, bonusly, smartphone) technology.
posted by skwt to society & culture (7 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
This may be too new to have substantial “theory” behind it, but I thought I’d ask.
I’m looking for something that offers a systematic way of thinking about life-as-lived-with-current-technology in a way that might be similar to how Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class theorizes and contextualizes being a creative person, or Judith Butler theorizes gender, or John Ralston Saul theorizes Canadianness. Etc. You know what theory is.
Bonus points if it’s rooted in some more-or-less serious philosophical or critical tradition.
What I’m not looking for is anything remotely doom-and-gloom, “the internet is turning us stupid,” etc.
I understand that traditionally this has been the province of science fiction, or even fiction generally, but I'm not looking for that.
Studies incorporating empirical psychology are fine, even welcome, but I’m looking for cultural/philosophical and perhaps even historical analysis and contextualization of the experience of contemporary internet-infused life much more than how precisely our attention spans and/or other measurables may be changing.