Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Mon, 03/19/2012 - 13:02.
On Wednesday, March 21, 4:30-6 p.m., in the Green Library Bender Room, Evgeny Morozov, author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, will be in conversation with Stanford Professor of Computer Science Terry Winograd. They'll be introduced by Alexis Madrigal, technology editor at The Atlantic.
Morozov is currently a visiting scholar in Stanford's Liberation Technology Program, and his book made a real splash last year: see, e.g., the New York Times review and this entertaining 10-minute animated summary of a presentation at the Royal Society for the Arts called "The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?" which touches on some themes from the book. He has spoken extensively about the "current events" aspect of his book (which can be roughly caricatured as "Twitter and the Arab Spring"), but for our event he and Terry will likely address more philosophical issues of cyberutopianism, cyberspace as "space," etc.
To get a sense of Morozov's most recent work, I highly recommend his review essay, "Form and Fortune," on the recent Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs; this essay was the cover story in The New Republic last month. Have a look also at his amusing and very smart op-ed from New York Times a few weeks ago, "The Death of the Cyberflâneur."
Morozov's outstanding book has just come out in paperback; it won't be sold at the event, so be sure to bring a copy from your local bookstore if you'd like to follow along during the conversation or to get an autograph from our honored author.
Please see the official event announcement here, and note the request for RSVP: seating will be limited.
Submitted by email@example.com on Wed, 02/10/2010 - 15:32.
The New York Review of Books has an interesting essay on the history of Facebook and its evolution over the last six years. The piece uses as its starting point two new books about what are surely the Web's most popular social networking sites: The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal; and Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America. Essay author Charles Peterson then examines the class distinctions inherent in Facebook's Ivy League origins and in each site's aesthetics and membership.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Wed, 11/04/2009 - 13:00.
The National Public Radio (NPR) has released its first issue of "What We're Reading" this week. The issue includes a list of new fiction and non-fiction books handpicked by NPR's book team, and will continue to be released in weekly installments.
"What We're Reading" definitely appeals to a wide range of audiences with its broad spectrum of books.
Submitted by Chris Bourg on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 10:14.