Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us

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Constable & Robinson Limited, May 22, 2012 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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In Digital Vertigo, Andrew Keen presents today's social media revolution as the most wrenching cultural transformation since the Industrial Revolution. Fusing a fast-paced historical narrative with front-line stories from today's online networking revolution and critiques of "social" companies like Groupon, Zynga and LinkedIn, Keen argues that the social media transformation is weakening, disorienting and dividing us rather than establishing the dawn of a new egalitarian and communal age.The tragic paradox of life in the social media age, Keen says, is the incompatibility between our internet longings for community and friendship and our equally powerful desire for online individual freedom. By exposing the shallow core of social networks, Andrew Keen shows us that the more electronically connected we become, the lonelier and less powerful we seem to be.Praise forThe Cult of the Amateur:'A shrewdly argued jeremiad against the digerati effort to dethrone cultural and political gatekeepers and replace experts with 'the wisdom of the crowd'. Keen writes with acuity and passion'. New York Times'A staggering new book by Andrew Keen. He is an English-born digital media entrepreneur and Silicon Valley insider who really knows his stuff and he writes with the passion of a man who can at last see the dangers he has helped unleash. His book will come as a real shock to many. It certainly did to me'. A N Wilson, The Daily Mail

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Review: Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us

User Review  - Jonathan Widell - Goodreads

A bleak view of how our privacy is gone in social media. Of course, anyone writing a review on Goodreads and having it posted on Facebook would have to take exception. Still good. Very knowledgeable. Very insightful. Read full review

Review: Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us

User Review  - Mella Ann - Goodreads

Well written and thoroughly researched. Keen brings up important points about the dangers of social media by tracing its origins from JS Mill's and Jeremy Bentham to the Summer of Love to its actual ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Andrew Keen is an Anglo-American entrepreneur, writer, broadcaster and public speaker. He is the author of the international hit The Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is Killing our Culture which has been published in 17 different languages and was short-listed for the Higham's Business Technology Book of the Year award. As a pioneering Silicon Valley based Internet entrepreneur, Andrew founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet music company. He is currently the host of "Keen On" show, the popular Techcrunch chat show.

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