Untangling the Web

Aleks Krotoski
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The truth about life in the age of the Internet, from award-winning social psychologist Aleks Krotoski.

The World Wide Web is the most revolutionary innovation of our time. In the last decade, it has utterly transformed our lives. But what real effects is it having on our social world?

What does it mean to be a modern family when dinner table conversations take place over smartphones? What happens to privacy when we readily share our personal lives with friends and corporations? Are our Facebook updates and Twitterings inspiring revolution or are they just a symptom of our global narcissism? What counts as celebrity, when everyone can have a following or be a paparazzo? And what happens to relationships when love, sex and hate can be mediated by a computer?

Social psychologist Aleks Krotoski has spent a decade untangling the effects of the Web on how we work, live and play. In this groundbreaking book, she uncovers how much humanity has - and hasn't - changed because of our increasingly co-dependent relationship with the computer. In Untangling the Web, she tells the story of how the network became woven in our lives, and what it means to be alive in the age of the Internet.

Author bio:

Aleks Krotoski is an academic and journalist who writes about and studies technology and interactivity. In 2010 she presented the Emmy and Baftawinning BBC 2 series Virtual Revolution, about the social history of the World Wide Web. Her writing appears in Nature, BBC Technology, New Statesman, MIT Technology Review and the Telegraph. She is also the New Media Sector Champion for UKTI, the government department that promotes British businesses around the world.

Category: Sociology
ISBN: 9780571303663
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Guardian Books
Pub Date: August 2013
Page Extent: 224
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Sociology