Being Digital / Edition 1

Being Digital / Edition 1

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by Nicholas Negroponte
     
 

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

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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:
753,245
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Paradox of a Book3
1The DNA of Information11
2Debunking Bandwidth21
3Bitcasting37
4The Bit Police51
5Commingled Bits62
6The Bit Business75
7Where People and Bits Meet89
8Graphical Persona103
920/20 VR116
10Looking and Feeling127
11Can We Talk About This?137
12Less Is More149
13The Post-Information Age163
14Prime Time Is My Time172
15Good Connections184
16Hard Fun196
17Digital Fables and Foibles206
18The New E-xpressionists219
Epilogue: An Age of Optimism227
After Words233
Acknowledgments241
Index249

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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 !!