Against the Machine How the Web Is Reshaping Culture and Commerce--And Why It Matters

ISBN-10: 0385522665
ISBN-13: 9780385522663
Edition: 2008
Authors: Lee Siegel
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

From the author hailed by theNew York Times Book Reviewfor his "drive-by brilliance" and dubbed by theNew York TimesMagazineas "one of the country's most eloquent and acid-tongued critics" comes a ruthless challenge to the conventional wisdom about the most consequential cultural development of our time: the Internet. Of course the Internet is not one thing or another; if anything, its boosters claim, the Web is everything at once. It's become not only our primary medium for communication and information but also the place we go to shop, to play, to debate, to find love. Lee Siegel argues that our ever-deepening immersion inlife online doesn't just reshape the ordinary rhythms of our days; it also reshapes our minds and culture, in ways with which we haven't yet reckoned. The web and its cultural correlatives and by-productssuch as the dominance of reality television and the rise of the "bourgeois bohemian"have turned privacy into performance, play into commerce, and confused "self-expression" with art. And even as technology gurus ply their trade usingthe language of freedom and democracy, we cede more and more control of our freedom and individuality to the needs of the machinethat confluence of business and technology whose boundaries now stretch to encompass almost all human activity. Siegel's argument isn't a Luddite intervention against the Internet itself but rather a bracing appeal for us to contend with howit is transforming us all. Dazzlingly erudite, full of startlingly original insights, and buoyed by sharp wit,Against the Machinewill force you to see our culturefor better and worsein an entirely new way.

Lee Siegelis professor of religious studies at the University of Hawaii. He is the author of many books, includingLove in a Dead Language,Who Wrote the Book of Love?, andLove and the Incredibly Old Man, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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