The Best Technology Writing 2010

The Best Technology Writing 2010

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The iPad. The Kindle. Twitter. When the Best Technology Writing series was inaugurated in 2005, these technologies did not exist. Now they define our 21st-century lives. As Julian Dibbell writes in his introduction to qThe Best Technology Writing 2010, qqThe digital is us. Yet for that reason, it is also something more, a lightning rod for our feelings about technology in general.q Whether it is Sam Anderson's giddy but troubled defense of online distractions, David Carr's full-throated elegy to the dying world of pre-digital publishing, Steven Johnson's warm appreciation of Twitter's bite-size contributions to collective human intelligence, or Evan Ratliff's fascinating month-long quest to disappear without a digital trace, many of the essays gathered here register our intense and complicated fascination with digital media. But as Dibbell notes, these essays also remind us that some of the most disruptive and fascinating technologies continue to come from beyond the digital world. Jill Lepore's writing on the politics of breast-feeding gadgetry, Stephen Silberman's investigation of the placebo effect in pharmaceutical testing, Burkhard Bilger reporting on efforts to build a better cook stove for the developing world, and Tad Friend's profile of electric-car developer Elon Musk's efforts to head off environmental catastrophe all invite us to reflect on how many aspects of human experience remain fundamentally unchanged by digital technology. Packed with marvelous essays on technologies old and new, qThe Best Technology Writing 2010 qis an outstanding addition to this qfantasticq (Cory Doctorow), qfascinatingq (Chris Anderson) series. qThe Best Technology Writing 2010q includes essays written by: Sam Anderson Burkhard Bilger Joshua Bearman Mark Bowden David Carr Douglas Fox Tad Friend Ben Greenman Vanessa Grigoriadis James Harkin Adam Higginbotham Alex Hutchinson Steven Johnson Kevin Kelly Jill Lepore Alexis Madrigal Javier Marias Mike Massimino Evan Ratliff Daniel Roth Clay Shirky Steve Silberman Annie Trubek Lawrence WeschlerA treatise, mercantile: Medela, a Swiss company that has long been a breast- pump industry leader, introduced its first non-hospital, ... infant formula now give out manual pumps: plastic, one-breast-at-a-time gizmos that work like a cross between a straw and a bicycle pump. ... Philips makes one a€œfeaturing new iQ Technologya€; the pitch is: the pumps memory chip makes it smart, but the name also plays onanbsp;...

Title:The Best Technology Writing 2010
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2010


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