Against The Machine (Ebook)

Being Human in the Era of the Electronic Mob

Lee Siegel

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One of the country's most eloquent and acid-tongued cultural critics.

Against the Machine is a fascinating look at how the Internet is reshaping the way we think about ourselves and the world. Siegel explores how the internet affects culture and social life, particularly the psychological, emotional and social cost of high-tech solitude. Arguing that the internet's widespread anonymity eliminates boundaries and encourages otherwise polite people to be downright abusive, Siegel discusses the half-fantasy, half-realism of online personae. By experiencing virtual selves rather than other individuals, we run the risk of being reduced to avatars that other internet users manipulate for their own ends. Insightful and written with convincing evidence to support the author?s polemic, this book is a welcome addition to the debate on the personal ramifications of living in a wired world.

Publication date: 30/09/2011


ISBN: 9781847654977

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Non-Fiction, Popular Culture & Music

Lee Siegel

Lee Siegel

The author of Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television, Lee Siegel is a cultual
commentator and art critic. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.