Digital Cosmopolitans: Why We Think the Internet Connects Us, Why It Doesn't, and How to Rewire It

Digital Cosmopolitans: Why We Think the Internet Connects Us, Why It Doesn't, and How to Rewire It

by Ethan Zuckerman
     
 

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“One of our most important books on globalization.” —Steve O’Keefe, New York Journal of Books

The enormous scope of the Internet can lead us to assume that as the online community grows, our world grows smaller and more cosmopolitan. In Digital Cosmopolitans, Ethan Zuckerman explains why the technological ability to

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“One of our most important books on globalization.” —Steve O’Keefe, New York Journal of Books

The enormous scope of the Internet can lead us to assume that as the online community grows, our world grows smaller and more cosmopolitan. In Digital Cosmopolitans, Ethan Zuckerman explains why the technological ability to communicate with someone does not guarantee human interaction or the healthy exchange of information and ideas. Combining the latest psychological and sociological research with current trends both online and off, Digital Cosmopolitans highlights the challenges we face and the headway being made in creating a world that is truly connected.

Editorial Reviews

Cyrus Farivar - Ars Technica
“Zuckerman takes us on a journey that explores how even in our hyper-modern, overconnected, crazy-fast world, we need to take extra steps to make sure we’re exploring people,
places, and stories around us.”
Astra Taylor - Bookforum
“[A] patient, thoughtful rebuttal to the widespread embrace of the Internet as a facilitator of global understanding.”
Clay Shirky
“Ethan Zuckerman is a true cosmopolitan, a citizen of the universe. . . . He describes how our new communications tools allow us to take part in a truly global conversation and why almost none of us actually take advantage of that opportunity.”
Yochai Benkler
“A rich tapestry of stories, data, and theories . . . challenges many of our core assumptions about globalization and connectedness and how the Internet affects us.It is a book well worth reading.”
David Weinberger
“No one is in a better position than MIT and Harvard’s Ethan Zuckerman to confront the Internet’s failure to connect us acrosscultures. . . . An essential and urgent read.”
Craig Newmark
“Ethan Zuckerman is the real deal, a thinker and activist brilliantly connected to what’s really happening on the Internet on a genuinely global basis.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393240627
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/10/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Ethan Zuckerman is the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media. A media scholar, Internet activist, and blogger, he lives in Lanesboro, Massachusetts.

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