Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 9780571303663
No of pages: 304

Untangling the Web


From Toronto to Timbuktu, Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi, more than two billion people use the worldwide web. Nine hundred million of us connect and share on Facebook, while over 500 million tell friends, lovers, strangers and stalkers what we had for breakfast on Twitter. But for most of us, the effect of the internet on our lives is bafflingly unclear.

Is it replacing us at work, diluting our communities, upending morality and taking control of our lives? Or is it toppling corrupt governments, transforming media empires and empowering us to do exceptional things?

What is this new information revolution really doing to us?

Social psychologist Dr Aleks Krotoski has spent a decade untangling the claims, rumours and scaremongering from the reality. In this groundbreaking book, she unpicks how the new technology affects us personally, socially and as a society.

What does it mean to be a modern family when dinner table conversations take place over smartphone? How has the Web changed our concept of privacy? Will it lead to a global social revolution, or is the government already using it to control us?

Untangling the Web reveals how much humanity has - and hasn't - changed because of our increasingly co-dependent relationship with the computer. It tells real story of how the network is woven into our lives - and what, if anything, we should do about it.

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