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Digital Vertigo How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us

ISBN-10: 1250031397
ISBN-13: 9781250031396
Edition: 2013
Authors: Andrew Keen
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Description: "Digital Vertigo provides an articulate, measured, contrarian voice against a sea of hype about social media." - Larry Downes, author of The Killer AppDoes Mark Zuckerberg know what the word "friend" means? Why are we all becoming so addicted to  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 4/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

"Digital Vertigo provides an articulate, measured, contrarian voice against a sea of hype about social media." - Larry Downes, author of The Killer AppDoes Mark Zuckerberg know what the word "friend" means? Why are we all becoming so addicted to Twitter? Should everyone really be broadcasting the most intimate details of their lives on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google +?  In Digital Vertigo, Andrew Keen exposes latest Silicon Valley mania: today's trillion dollar social networking revolution that is transforming the Internet. Every new online start-up, he reveals - from commerce to communications to entertainment  - is now going social in a transformation called "Web 3.0'. In a fast-paced narrative set in London, San Francisco, Oxford and Amsterdam, Andrew Keen warns that what he calls this "cult of the social' is jeopardizing both our individual privacy and liberty. Using one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films -  Vertigo - as his starting point, he argues that social media, with its generation of massive amounts of personal data, is encouraging us to fall in love with something that is too good to be true - a radically transparent 21st century society in which we can all supposedly realize our authentic identities on the Internet. Digital Vertigo is the first substantial critique of Web 3.0. Written with his trademark humor and erudition, Digital Vertigo will make anyone who has ever questioned the purpose of Facebook or Twitter think more deeply about a social networking world in which, for better or worse, we are all now enmeshed.

Introduction: Hypervisibility
A Simple Idea of Architecture
Let's Get Naked
Visibility Is a Trap
Digital Vertigo
The Cult of the Social
The Age of the Great Exhibition
The Age of Great Exhibitionism
The Best Picture of 2011
Conclusion: The Woman in Blue
Endnotes
Index

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