...Parkin’s book misses its chance to reflect the complexity of the gaming landscape. Death By Video Game presents the video game genre as smaller, simpler and less challenging than it truly is.
Klosterman concludes, ending with the unanswerable questions he started with. He writes with self-deprecating humor in an endearingly informal style that makes his philosophical inquiries easy to read.
Kelly’s arguments ring true, and his enthusiasm is contagious. Readers will enjoy the ride provided they forget that he has disobeyed his warning against assuming that today’s trends will continue.
...it makes the book a welcome corrective to the ever-present hum of panic that surrounds our pop-cultural conversations about the Web.
Exhausting details aside, “Eccentric Orbits” not only offers good corporate drama, but is an enlightening narrative of how new communications infrastructures often come about: with a lot of luck, government help and investors who do not ask too many questions.
Harkness’ style is light and conversational, but she makes clear her serious concerns about a society in which it is now possible to predict the likelihood of a person’s future involvement in homicide or other serious crime based on the police records of friends and acquaintances.
The lessons are taught in the best kind of way: the way that will get kids to listen. A handy and helpful guide for any aspiring web user.
...Matty was the real-life embodiment of all the dime-novel improbabilities. This book, though written by Wheeler, bears Matty's mark and the flavor of the age. It is still, after all these years, a good read.
The genie of globalisation cannot be put back into the bottle. The question now is how quickly societies adapt or face being torn apart by protest. Maybe someone should send Mr Trump a copy of this book; it might yield some thought-provoking tweets.
Mr. Lucsko writes engagingly, though he does have excessive fondness for certain terms. In describing what gearheads do in assembling their beloved cars, he leans heavily on the word “bricolage,”...
Sometimes the book seems overly indebted to opinions and quotations from other authors, but that doesn’t significantly detract from how useful a compendium of knowledge it should prove to be. An all-too-relevant and eminently practical book that offers health strategies in a gadget-packed world.
It all makes for provocative reading, and if the author is light on specifics, he offers plenty of interesting scenarios for such things as global power shifts, AI–enabled weapons systems, and the like.
The book abounds with detailed accounts of races, auto shows, and heroic cross-country journeys and explains in plain English the advances in automotive engineering that transformed early vehicles from playthings of the wealthy to functional, low-cost cars for the masses.
...The Age of Em is a fanatically serious attempt, by an economist and scholar at Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, to use economic and social science to forecast in fine detail how this world (if it is even possible) will actually work. The future it portrays is very strange and, in the end, quite horrific for everyone involved.
Readers who are intrigued by Thiel and other businessmen of his ilk will likely find this book fascinating, even if he does remains nebulous. A short, scattered introduction to Thiel’s worldview in his own words.
This book’s greatest service to the reader is that it offers no easy, logical explanation for why we like the things we do, or even the promise of one.
But with so many brief narratives and very little personal engagement from the author (he doesn’t appear to travel much in pursuit of his stories beyond the library and the internet), I longed for some journalistic legwork to enliven the approach...It is a beautiful thing to hold and feel...
There are other books on the subject but Blockchain Revolution is a highly readable introduction to a bamboozling but increasingly important field.
Covering both strategy and concrete plans for action, as well as ways to streamline efforts and quantify results, Westergaard’s book is a cogent guide to achievable digital marketing.
I found Milner’s account of the infighting between Pentagon and its various contractors interesting enough...But I cavilled at his view that “GPS reflects a choice, a conscious application of a neutral technology”.