Being Digital / Edition 1

Being Digital / Edition 1

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by Nicholas Negroponte
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0679762906

ISBN-13: 9780679762904

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

In lively, mordantly witty prose, Negroponte decodes the mysteries--and debunks the hype--surrounding bandwidth, multimedia, virtual reality, and the Internet, and explains why such touted innovations as the fax and the CD-ROM are likely to go the way of the BetaMax. "Succinct and readable. . . . If you suffer from digital anxiety . . . here is a book that lays

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In lively, mordantly witty prose, Negroponte decodes the mysteries--and debunks the hype--surrounding bandwidth, multimedia, virtual reality, and the Internet, and explains why such touted innovations as the fax and the CD-ROM are likely to go the way of the BetaMax. "Succinct and readable. . . . If you suffer from digital anxiety . . . here is a book that lays it all out for you."--Newsday.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679762904
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,199,127
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Part One: Bits Are Bits
1: The DNA of Information
2: Debunking Bandwidth
3: Bitcasting
4: The Bit Police
5: Commingled Bits
6: The Bit Business

Part Two: Interface
7: Where People and Bits Meet
8: Graphical Persona
9: 20/20 VR
10: Looking and Feeling
11: Can We Talk About This?
12: Less Is More

Part Three: Digital Life
13: The Post-Information Age
14: Prime Time Is My Time
15: Good Connections
16: Hard Fun
17: Digital Fables and Foibles
18: The New E-xpressionists
Epilogue: An Age of Optimism
After Words
Acknowledgments
Index

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Being Digital 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book several years ago. Fully captured my attention and concentration throughout. A really exciting book to read. Every computer science and electrical engineering person or anyone interested in future technology must have a copy of this book in their library. Written in a way that a layman can understand. Enjoyable as reading a novel. No prior knowledge really needed to understand what the author is saying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's always fun to read futurist books ten years after they are published to see how much the author got wrong - but Negroponte's book is just the opposite - it's amazing how much he got right. Well written, interesting and funny, this book is good for those who don't understand what being digital is really all about - the mind-shift that goes along with it. Resist that innovation at your peril.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This should be mandatory reading for everyone who uses any device, anywhere. This plainly and clearly explains the true nature of the concepts that will drive our new digital society for many decades. If the television industry read the first printing of this book, we would have had been watching digital TV 5 years ago !! Why can Nicholas succinctly explain what seems to elude those who claim to be "experts"? The answer is obvious by page 5. You can even validate his theories, as many have come to fruition since the book was written. Read this book every day. It will make you clever !!