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Cyburbia: The Dangerous Idea That's Changing How We Live and Who We Are

James Harkin

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Prose: non-fiction, Sociology & anthropology

How our new world -- of texting, social networking, instant messaging and email -- was built and how it has changed the way we relate to everything in our lives

Once there was no text messaging. No email and no social network sites like Facebook, Bebo and MySpace. The way we live has apparently been transformed by new ways of communicating. But where did these trends start And if they can change our behaviour, can they also change the way we think In Cyburbia James Harkin describes how the architecture of our digital lives was built over seventy years. In a brilliant narrative that encompasses the work of crackpots, inventors and visionaries, it shows how a concept that began with the need to shoot down German bombers has evolved to govern almost everything - from our lives online to modern films like Memento and 21 Grams, from TV shows and plays to military strategy. Gripping, revelatory and fiercely intelligent, this extraordinary book will change forever the way you think about everything you do.

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James Harkin

James Harkin is the author of Cyburbia and writes regularly for the Guardian and the Financial Times.

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