Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations

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With razor wit, Nicholas Carr cuts through Silicon ValleyÌ¥s unsettlingly cheery vision of the technological future to ask a hard question: Have we been seduced by a lie? Gathering a decadeÌ¥s worth of posts from his blog, Rough Type, as well as his seminal essays, Utopia Is Creepy is ÌÕCarrÌ¥s best hits for those who missed the last decade of his stream of thoughtful commentary about our love affair with technology and its effect on our relationshipsÌÒ (Richard Cytowic, New York Journal of Books). Carr draws on artists ranging from Walt Whitman to the Clash, while weaving in the latest findings from science and sociology. CarrÌ¥s favorite targets are those zealots who believe so fervently in computers and data that they abandon common sense. Cheap digital tools do not make us all the next Fellini or Dylan. Social networks, diverting as they may be, are not vehicles for self-enlightenment. And ÌÕlikesÌÒ and retweets are not going to elevate political discourse. Utopia Is Creepy compels us to question the technological momentum that has trapped us in its flow. ÌÕResistance is never futile,ÌÒ argues Carr, and this book delivers the proof.