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Mar 31, 2011

April 2011 Issue

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The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
James Gleick
Pantheon
Hardcover, Kindle
$29.95, $16.16

The Information shows how information has become the modern era's defining quality-the blood, the fuel, and the vital principle of our world. The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanishes as soon as it is born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long-misunderstood talking drums of Africa, James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. He provides portraits of the key figures contributing to the inexorable development of our modern understanding of information.

And then the Information Age arrives. Citizens of this world become experts willy-nilly: aficionados of bits and bytes. And we sometimes feel we are drowning, swept by a deluge of signs and signals, news and images, blogs, and tweets. The Information is the story of how we got here and where we are heading.


The Internet of Elsewhere: The Emergent Effects of a Wired World
Cyrus Farivar
Rutgers University Press
Hardcover
$25.95

Through the lens of culture, The Internet of Elsewhere looks at the role of the internet as a catalyst in transforming communications, politics, and economics. Cyrus Farivar explores the internet's history and effects in four distinct and, to some, surprising societies-Iran, Estonia, South Korea, and Senegal. He profiles web pioneers in these countries and, at the same time, surveys the environments in which they work. After all, contends Farivar, despite California's great success in creating the internet and spawning companies such as Apple and Google, in some areas the U.S. is still years behind other nations.

The Internet of Elsewhere brings forth a new complex and modern understanding of how the internet spreads globally, with both good and bad effects.\


Digital Education: Opportunities for Social Collaboration
Michael Thomas (editor)
Palgrave Macmillan
Hardcover
$90

This timely collection of theoretical and applied studies examines the pedagogical potential and realities of digital technologies in a wide range of disciplinary contexts across the educational spectrum. By mixing content-based chapters with a theoretical perspective and case studies detailing actual teaching approaches using digital technologies in the classroom or on campus, this work provides a valuable resource for teacher trainers, academic researchers, administrators, and students interested in interdisciplinary studies of education and learning technologies from around the world.