Being Digital / Edition 1by Nicholas Negroponte
Pub. Date: 01/28/1996
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
In lively, mordantly witty prose, Negroponte decodes the mysteriesand debunks the hypesurrounding 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… See more details below
In lively, mordantly witty prose, Negroponte decodes the mysteriesand debunks the hypesurrounding 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.
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Table of Contents
|Introduction: The Paradox of a Book||3|
|1||The DNA of Information||11|
|4||The Bit Police||51|
|6||The Bit Business||75|
|7||Where People and Bits Meet||89|
|10||Looking and Feeling||127|
|11||Can We Talk About This?||137|
|12||Less Is More||149|
|13||The Post-Information Age||163|
|14||Prime Time Is My Time||172|
|17||Digital Fables and Foibles||206|
|18||The New E-xpressionists||219|
|Epilogue: An Age of Optimism||227|
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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.
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.
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 !!