Utopia Is Creepy
And Other ProvocationsBook - 2016
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Our desire for Utopia, with its ideal community governed by a perfect socio-political system, is reflected repeatedly in literature. Yet, often when we dig deeper into a depiction of an ideal world we discover Utopia isn’t as wonderful as we thought. In this collection of blog posts and essays Carr invites us to take a serious look at that which is globally and wholeheartedly embraced to create a modern Utopia – our technology.
Technology and invention have, without question, led to many benefits for our lives and our world. However, we are still coming to terms with how technology and our devices are changing our world and ourselves. At times pointed and poignant, Carr’s commentary ranges from questions about whether or not Google is making us stupid to caution about the loss of privacy and concern over the lack of constructive discourse in the age of Twitter and Facebook. Readers will undoubtedly have a better understanding and respect for the economic forces and motivations that are driving the insertion of technology into our lives. With doses of sharp wit and contemporary research Carr illuminates the double edged nature of technology which frees and imprisons us at the same time.
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