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The iPad. The Kindle. Twitter. When the Best Technology Writing series was inaugurated in 2005, these technologies did not exist. Now they define our 21st-century lives. As Julian Dibbell writes in his introduction to The Best Technology Writing 2010, “The digital is us. Yet for that reason, it is also something more, a lightning rod for our feelings about technology in general.”  Whether it is Sam Anderson’s giddy but troubled defense of online distractions, David Carr’s full-throated elegy to the dying world of pre-digital publishing, Steven Johnson’s warm appreciation of Twitter’s bite-size contributions to collective human intelligence, or Evan Ratliff’s fascinating month-long quest to disappear without a digital trace, many of the essays gathered here register our intense and complicated fascination with digital media.  But as Dibbell notes,  these essays also remind  us that some of the most disruptive and fascinating technologies continue to come from beyond the digital world.  Jill Lepore’s writing on the politics of breast-feeding gadgetry, Stephen Silberman’s investigation of the placebo effect in pharmaceutical testing, Burkhard Bilger reporting on efforts to build a better cook stove for the developing world, and Tad Friend’s profile of electric-car developer Elon Musk’s efforts to head off environmental catastrophe all invite us to reflect on how many aspects of human experience remain fundamentally unchanged by digital technology.

Packed with marvelous essays on technologies old and new, The Best Technology Writing 2010 is an outstanding addition to this “fantastic” (Cory Doctorow), “fascinating” (Chris Anderson) series.

The Best Technology Writing 2010 includes essays written by:
Sam Anderson Burkhard Bilger Joshua Bearman Mark Bowden David Carr Douglas Fox Tad Friend Ben Greenman Vanessa Grigoriadis James Harkin Adam Higginbotham Alex Hutchinson Steven Johnson Kevin Kelly Jill Lepore Alexis Madrigal Javier Marias Mike Massimino Evan Ratliff Daniel Roth Clay Shirky Steve Silberman Annie Trubek Lawrence Weschler

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Books & Culture

"The Best Technology Writing 2010 is full of good stories. . . . Julian Dibbell has chosen well."—Alan Jacobs, Books & Culture

— Alan Jacobs

Colorado Springs Independent

“Julian Dibbell has taken the widest possible view of what technology is…, which is a wise move indeed. Mixed in with writing about Facebook and erasure of an online identity are articles about the design of a stove that might be economical, efficient and sustainable, and an attempt to overcome the fear of flying.” —Kel Munger, Colorado Springs Independent 

— Kel Munger


"The Best Technology Writing 2010 is a thought-provoking smorgasbord of technological delights."--PopMatters

The Guardian
The impact of digital technology dominates this excellent collection of essays. As Dibbell points out, we now rely so much on digital devices, from BlackBerrys to iPads, that "we''re all cyborgs now".

— P.D. Smith

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300165586
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Series: The Best Technology Writing Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Julian Dibbell is a contributing editor at Wired Magazine and the author of the books Play Money: Or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot and My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World.

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