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John Naughton is The Observer's "Networker" columnist, a renowned blogger, and Vice-President of Wolfson university, Cambridge. The Times has stated that his writings, "[it] attracts on greater than twenty years of analysis to provide an explanation for how the net works and the demanding situations and possibilities it's going to provide to destiny generations," and Cory Doctrow raved that "this is the type of primer you must slide less than your boss's door." In From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg, Naughton explores the residing heritage of 1 of the main notably transformational applied sciences of all time.

From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg is a clear-eyed heritage of 1 of the main primary, and but such a lot taken-for-granted, beneficial properties of contemporary lifestyles: the web. as soon as a technological novelty and now the very plumbing of the data Age, the net is anything we've realized to take mostly without any consideration. So, how precisely has our society turn into so established upon a application it slightly knows? And what does it say approximately us that this is often so?

whereas explaining in hugely enticing language the way in which the net works and the way it bought to be how it is, technologist John Naughton has distilled the noisy chatter surrounding the technology's relentless evolution into 9 crucial components of figuring out. In doing so, he provides readers deeper perception into the knowledge economic system and provides the needful wisdom to make higher use of the applied sciences and networks round us, highlighting a few of their interesting and far-reaching implications alongside the best way.

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