Magic and Loss

The Internet as Art
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Author(s): Virginia Heffernan
Original Publish Date: Jun 07, 2016
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.40 hours)
Product Number: Z100135878
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781442392564
Narrator/s: Candace Thaxton
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Description

Virginia Heffernan "melds the personal with the increasingly universal in a highly informative analysis of what the Internet is—and can be. A thoroughly engrossing examination of the Internet's past, present, and future" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) from one of the best living writers of English prose. This book makes a bold claim: The Internet is among mankind's great masterpieces—a massive work of art. As an idea, it rivals monotheism. But its cultural potential and its societal impact often elude us. In this deep and thoughtful book, Virginia Heffernan reveals the logic and aesthetics behind the Internet, just as Susan Sontag did for photography and Marshall McLuhan did for television. Life online, in the highly visual, social, portable, and global incarnation rewards certain virtues. The new medium favors speed, accuracy, wit, prolificacy, and versatility, and its form and functions are changing how we perceive, experience, and understand the world. In "sumptuous writing, saturated with observations that are simultaneously personal, cultural, and strikingly original" (The New Republic), Heffernan presents "a revealing look at how the Internet continues to reshape our lives emotionally, visually, and culturally" (The Smithsonian Magazine). "Magic and Loss is an illuminating guide to the Internet...it is impossible to come away from this book without sharing some of Heffernan's awe for this brave new world" (The Wall Street Journal).

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eBook
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Author(s): Virginia Heffernan
Product Number EB00588468
Released: Jun 07, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781439191712

Professional reviews

"Heffernan explores the internet as if it were a literary novel, accentuating the ways in which new meaning and ways of life are represented while also critiquing some of the changes it has wrought. Though Heffernan's narration of the introduction is enjoyable, the audiobook is much better as delivered by Candace Thaxton. Heffernan's delivery is too languid and tepid. Thaxton, on the other hand, balances the right amounts of fascination and reflection through the deft use of tone, emphasis, and deliberation. She communicates the work in a way that would have listeners believe she understands it better than the author. Her confidence and energy allow listeners to trust in this curious romp through apps, games, ebooks, and the many other digital phenomena of our lives. L.E. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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