FIR Book Review Editor Bob LeDrew reviews The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives Are Altering the World Around Us, by Nora Young, the host of Spark on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio. The recent release explores the very real impact of the virtual information we generate about ourselves – on our own lives, our communities, and our government.
From the book description:
“We generate enormous amounts of online data about our habits: where we go, what we do, and how we feel. Some of that is stuff we choose to report; some of it is the offhand data trails we leave behind. The Virtual Self looks at the debates and challenges around virtual data-sharing – from Facebook status updates to Google Navigator – and its potential for building more responsive communities and governments. Nora argues that if we wrestle now with issues like privacy and data control, we can harness the power of that data.
“The host of CBC Radio’s Spark, Nora Young has fascinating information at her disposal, unique insights into the intersection of the virtual and real worlds, and a wonderful voice for making all of these clear to a general audience. Accessible and entertaining, The Virtual Self takes that personal, psychological reality of everything from email to status updates and teases out the increasingly bigger impacts on the real world around us of the virtual information we all generate.”
- Don’t miss Mitch Joel’s interview with author Nora Young on his podcast, Six Pixels of Separation.
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The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives Are Altering the World Around Us by Nora Young.
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Hardcover only (240 pages)
Published: April 10, 2012)
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0771070648
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