Superbloom: How Technologies of Connection Tear Us Apart

Superbloom: How Technologies of Connection Tear Us Apart

by Nicholas Carr
Superbloom: How Technologies of Connection Tear Us Apart

Superbloom: How Technologies of Connection Tear Us Apart

by Nicholas Carr

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Overview

From the author of The Shallows, a bracing exploration of how social media has warped our sense of self and society.

From the telegraph and telephone in the 1800s to the internet and social media in our own day, the public has welcomed new communication systems. Whenever people gain more power to share information, the assumption goes, society prospers. Superbloom tells a startlingly different story. As communication becomes more mechanized and efficient, it breeds confusion more than understanding, strife more than harmony. Media technologies all too often bring out the worst in us.

A celebrated interpreter of technology’s impacts on human life, Nicholas Carr guides the reader through the dark trends that have always shadowed progress: how telegrams disrupted diplomacy, how radio aided autocrats, how the Facebook feed sowed division, how AI now blurs reality and fantasy. With vivid examples from history, science, and politics, Superbloom unmasks a fundamental flaw in our perception of, and revolutionizes our understanding of, how media shapes society. It may be too late to curb the “superbloom” of information—but it’s not too late to change ourselves.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781324064619
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2025
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 279,728
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Nicholas Carr is the author of The Shallows, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and four other acclaimed books. A former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, he writes for the Atlantic, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
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