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Although once you cut through the authors esoteric and obtuse writing style this book manages to make some good points.
The weakness in this mini-tome is in its feeble attempt to create new terms and
labels for the "e" generation. Terms like "disintermediation" (this word doesn't exist anywhere but in the minds of the authors) and the appellation "navigators" belongs more to a Star Trek scenario.
The authors also seem to be unaware that we do not live in a linear world. In most of the world today, you need a "navigator" just to find food and avoid the violence and mayhem.
Messers' Evans and Worster need to spend a little more time in the real world, not in the cloistered halls of Harvard.
 

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Think of this book not as "Internet Policy for Dummies" but as "Internet Policy for the Educated Layman." Abelson, Ledeen, and Lewis survey a broad swath of tech policy territory -- privacy, search, encryption, free speech, copyright, spectrum policy -- and provide the reader with a nice history and technology primer on each topic.
The authors aren't really seeking to be polemical in this book by advancing a single thesis or worldview. To the extent the book's chapters are guided by any central theme, it comes in the form of the "two basic morals about technology" they outline in Chapter 1:
(1) "The first is that information technology is inherently neither good nor bad -- it can be used for good or ill, to free us or to shackle us.
(2) Second, new technology brings social change, and change comes with both risks and opportunities. All of us, and all of our public agencies and private institutions, have a say in whether technology will be used for good or ill and whether we will fall prey to its risks or prosper from the opportunities it creates."
Mostly, what they aim to show is that digital technology is reshaping society and, whether we like or it not, we better get used to it -- and quick!
Like John Palfrey and Urs Gasser's excellent book Born Digital, Blown to Bits is very accessible and each chapter contains a great deal of useful information to bring you up to speed on the hottest tech policy debates under the sun.
You can find my full review of Blown to Bits on the Technology Liberation Front blog: http://techliberation.com/2008/11/18/book-review-blown-to-bits-by-abelson-ledeen-lewis
 

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