November 2010 Reading List
November is almost here (my birthday month!), so it’s time for another reading list. This month, I’m going to go with a couple suggestions that were in the comments of last month’s post. Also, I’ve decided to add a short summary (taken from Amazon) for each book, in case you don’t feel like heading over to Amazon’s product page.
Here they are:
1) The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
- “The best-selling author of The Big Switch returns with an explosive look at technology’s effect on the mind. “Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?
2) What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis
- “In a book that’s one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google—the fastest-growing company in history—to discover forty clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by. At the same time, he illuminates the new worldview of the internet generation: how it challenges and destroys, but also opens up vast new opportunities. His findings are counterintuitive, imaginative, practical, and above all visionary, giving readers a glimpse of how everyone and everything—from corporations to governments, nations to individuals—must evolve in the Google era.”
If you’ve read or are currently reading any of the books listed here, please share your comments. I’d love to see what everyone else thinks about these books, especially before I read them. If you have suggestions for next month’s reading list, please share those too! As always, you can check out my past reading lists by clicking the Reading link on the top menu.