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Posted September 3, 2008
An intriguing analysis of how the digital age has changed our lives
Few people would deny that the world has changed significantly since the explosion of the Internet. Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, and Harry Lewis have written an intriguing analysis of many of the issues that have erupted due to the ubiquity of digital data, not only on the Internet but elsewhere. 'Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion', published by Addison-Wesley, digs into many of the ramifications of making so much information available to the world at large. As I read through the book, I was alternately fascinated and horrified at what information is available, and how it is being used and abused. While the subject matter is primarily about a technology that many people may still not comprehend, the book is written at a level permitting most people to understand how it affects them. There is sufficient tutorial information on how the Internet functions to allow all to follow the reasoning. For those more web-savvy, there are many references to web sites illustrating the authors¿ points. The reader is encouraged to check them out as you go. While there is a natural flow from one chapter to the next, each one is sufficiently encapsulated so that you can read chapters in any order you like. 'Blown to Bits' is a fascinating read which will get you thinking about how technology is changing our lives, for better and for worse. Each chapter will alternatively interest you and leave you appalled 'and perhaps a little frightened'. You will be given the insight to protect yourself a little better, and it provides background for intelligent discussions about the legalities that impact our use of technology.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.