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How to Thrive in the Digital Age (The School of Life)

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Nosso mundo está cada vez mais digital. Hoje, mais da metade da população adulta do planeta passa mais tempo no trabalho “conectado” do que “desconectado”, seja pela internet, pelo celular ou por qualquer outra mídia digital. Enviar e-mail, mensagem, twittar, escrever em um blog já são parte da nossa vida profissional, dos nossos relacion
Paperback, 149 pages
Published May 2012 by MacMillan
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Tom Chatfield has a refreshingly positive view of the latest technology. Most of the literature I run across on the subject seems to revolve around the doom and gloom perception that all of it is going to rot our minds and create a society of misfits. Oh, and give the powers-that-be access to all our data which will certainly lead to a Big Brother society from which we'll never emerge. This book, on the other hand, spells out the positive possibilities of all our connectivity as well as some of ...more
Leo Robertson
Sep 30, 2014 Leo Robertson rated it it was ok
More from the school of extended-Guardian-articles-you-wouldn't-read than School of Life- a simple extended musing of things you already know about our times, the last thing it does is tell you how to thrive in the digital age.
Saloni Sharma
Mar 12, 2016 Saloni Sharma rated it liked it
It isn't like a conventional self-help book. Instead, the format is like a big essay, structured in a way encompassing key themes such as the history of technology, transition into the digital age, gaming, politics associated, pornography and its implications etcetera. I'm not quite certain if the question asked in the title of the book was answered by the author or not. If so, it was highly implicit. Author's view can be summarised by just one line in the book, "Simply deploring one or the othe ...more
Elle Field
May 18, 2012 Elle Field rated it liked it
Some really interesting ideas are touched upon in this book but it is rather short and doesn't explore them in depth which is a great shame ... Just because the book explores the digital age which implies we have all become accustomed to brevity and digging in and out of interesting snippets when browsing the internet, that ideal should not have been applied to the book and doing so makes it fall short.
Jan 10, 2013 Jo added it
Interesting series "the school of life" looks to be, the message I took from this was basically not to spend too much time on the computer, or to use it indiscriminately. It seems that a lot of popular philosophy books like this encourage us to lead a considered life rather than a haphazard one, if only I could recall whose basic treatise this was. Plato? Where is google when you need it ?
Kent Winward
Jun 15, 2012 Kent Winward rated it really liked it
Nothing makes a geek at heart more happy than technology and then talking about how technology impacts everyone. Chatfield gives an insightful overview of the various issues raised by technology from a humanist perspective. This is part of a British book series of "how to" books for the modern human. Quick and easy read with a lot of insight packed in a small space.
Aug 31, 2014 Richard rated it it was ok
Hmmmm. It was enjoyable enough, but felt like it touched too lightly on everything. I guess that's somewhat the point of the School Of Life series - short, and sharply directed - but here it was just too big of a subject, and the ideas too much of a random collection of ideas to be treated as such. I'd of rather the space be taken up with a deeper discussion on just one of the ideas raised. You will not learn how to thrive in the digital age.

It does present a good mixture of positive and negativ
Kelly Camilo
Jul 20, 2014 Kelly Camilo rated it really liked it
Este é primeiro livro que eu leio sobre o assunto e gostei bastante.

No começo é meio enrolado e chega a parecer repetitivo, mas da metade em diante o livro passa do 'bom' para o 'ótimo'. Os capítulos "Compartilhamento, expertise e o fim da autoridade" (sobre nossa influência em redes sociais), "Diversão e prazer" (fuga da realidade através de jogos) e "A nova forma de se fazer política" (como as pessoas têm usado as redes sociais e internet para se manifestar sobre política) são excelentes.

Jun 21, 2014 Will rated it it was ok
This little book is an unfortunate bust. Chatfield has cobbled together an essay about a few of the books he's read with a few of his own uninteresting anecdotes and musings mixed in to give an air of originality.

Having read most of the main texts he draws from, I'm entirely unimpressed with his scope of research or his stylistic approach. This is a TED talk masquerading as a book, and not doing either one particularly well.

Two stars for the swing and the miss and the cute layout of this editi
May 17, 2014 Lars rated it really liked it
First of all; the format is pretty neat. 140 pages in essay'ish style on how the ever growing presence of always-on devices and the internet are changing our lives -- and some thoughts on what we must do to counter this, gathering research and points from other authors and thinkers. It works.

I think the point made in this book is best summed up by this quote from the conclusion:

"We must, I believe, look to the nature of our experiences rather than the tools creating them if we hope to understand
Lars K Jensen
Feb 14, 2013 Lars K Jensen rated it really liked it
First of all; the format is pretty neat. 140 pages in essay'ish style on how the ever growing presence of always-on devices and the internet are changing our lives -- and some thoughts on what we must do to counter this, gathering research and points from other authors and thinkers. It works.

I think the point made in this book is best summed up by this quote from the conclusion:

"We must, I believe, look to the nature of our experiences rather than the tools creating them if we hope to understand
Dec 19, 2013 Xx rated it really liked it
We live in an age of miracles. Technology has gone through fascinating changes in the last few decades. Looking back a few decades even to the early first years of the 21th century a lot has happen and will continue, that’s how technology works. Intel’s co-founder Gordon E.Moore predicted that every 18 months the CPU chips performance will be doubling, till this day this has been the case. It’s expected that this will continue happening till somewhere between 2015 and 2020.

The first digital com
Laura, Kersti, Jon, Arnaud
Dec 14, 2013 Laura, Kersti, Jon, Arnaud rated it really liked it
How to Thrive in the Digital Age is a book written by Tom Chatfield and published by Macmillan in 2012. It examines what it means for not just individuals but also for the whole society to exist and to thrive in the digital world. The book covers the historic and present technologies available to most of the world’s population, to help us all get the best out of the digital age.

This book is kind of the bible of the digital age. It covers all aspects of what is happening in our world, which is cu
Bảo Hoàng
Dec 14, 2013 Bảo Hoàng rated it really liked it
This review was made in cooperation by Nguyen Phuong, Ville Tiira, Hoang Bao and Pauli Karjalainen.

The first thing we have to say after reading this book is that the format of it is pretty neat. 140 pages in essay form showing us all the changes which the growing presence of devices and the Internet are making to our normal life. Tom makes it clear with, not only making us see that he has a refreshingly positive view of the latest technology, but also having done a good review on how to survive
Dec 14, 2013 Aleksi rated it really liked it
(Reviewed with Tung Khuat, Junqing Liao and Hanyu Ji)

In “How to Thrive in the Digital Age” the author Tom Chatfield attempts, in 8 short chapters, to address the most prevalent concerns of digital technology seeping into our every waking moment, and also to provide some history on the evolution of digital technology and explain the successes of some companies, services and phenomenona surrounding the subject. The topics range from the aforementioned history and explanations to tips to using soci
Mark Ryan
Dec 14, 2013 Mark Ryan rated it really liked it
We are increasingly more and more involved in our technologies, but we do not understand them and their meanings. This book provides useful insight on the different factors that affect us, how to perceive concepts and most importantly not losing what it means to be human by having “me” time without our technologies.
The book itself is a short 160 page read that covers a lot of different aspects about the digital world rather than just biased views like “The internet is bad” or “Everyone should be
Dao Anh vu
Dec 12, 2013 Dao Anh vu rated it really liked it
(This is the cooperation of Feng Xinyi, Jere Porter, Li Ziqin and me. Enjoy the book!)

We all love technology. When new technology started to become reality, optimistic predictions of how it would bring us to the future were told everywhere. Yet in time, that topic became more controversial. This book offers deep thinking related to issues and possibilities brought by the ever evolving digital age. Reading it, we understand more about the Information era and how technology changes the way we mana
Toan Tran
Dec 06, 2013 Toan Tran rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Toan by: Paresh Rathod
-- This review was done in the cooperation with Liliana, Hartwig and Ngoc. Thanks for your reading our book review --

Since the beginnings of the computers, the community has asked questions about how the digitalization of the life has affected society and what its effect will be to the whole world over the time. Several studies done, opinions proposed and arguments started, Tom Chatfield’s book ‘’How to thrive in the digital age’’ is a brilliant work for broad and open mind readers, who are will
Pyry Kekäläinen
Dec 03, 2013 Pyry Kekäläinen rated it liked it
How to thrive in the digital age? Can we even handle the digitalization?

Revolutionary technology

Digitalization has changed the norms of everyday life. Tom Chatfield’s book gives us various insights and facts of how to survive in this digital age. Tom has packed an enormous amount of information in this lightweight book. More than 50% of people’s waking hours is spent “plugged-in” and that is considered quite normal. This would have sounded outrageous 15 years ago, but today it is even a compulsi
Wasim Sayeed
Dec 16, 2013 Wasim Sayeed rated it liked it
Tom Chatfield talks about his beliefs and oppinions in his book called "How to Thrive in The Digital Afe", regarding today's technological surroundings and environment, how they affect us as human beings and where are we headed. Chatfields insightful thoughts contain alot of basic elements of how we've created today's technological environment and they are very easy to understand and relate to. In first chapters he shares his point of views of kind of obvious facts about the history and growth o ...more
Aug 24, 2012 Charles rated it really liked it
How should we adapt our personal and professional lives to the new tools of digital communication? Answers tend to polarise between hopes that the digital revolution is the answer to all our problems and fears that it’s the end of civilisation as we know it.

How to Thrive in the Digital Age is an attempt to answer the question by Tom Chatfield, in a slim volume from a series edited by Alain de Botton and published by The School of Life. (You might prefer How to Worry Less about Money or, de Botto
Simon Dobson
Feb 25, 2014 Simon Dobson rated it liked it
A short exploration of the state of modern internet and social experience. In some ways the book is mis-named, in that it isn't in any way prescriptive or suggestive of how one should thrive, but rather illustrates some of the issues one should consider in order to: such issues as privacy, time away, imaginary vs real experience, and the like. Definitely worth a read, and with an excellent bibliography pointing to further information.
James Purkis Purkis
Dec 27, 2012 James Purkis Purkis rated it liked it
If you have critically considered technology or seen its impact on a friend/work/school then this book won't tell you anything new. Chatfield however is able to summarize and bring together many of the arguments made by those who fear or criticize technology and give them a more positive and humanist twist. That is, while he acknowledges the problems associated with the almost rampant explosion of technology into our private, public and political lives, he also has a strong belief that people as ...more
Salomé Esteves
Mar 17, 2016 Salomé Esteves rated it liked it
"How to thrive in the Digital Age" provides a clear and realistic perspective of what our lives, both individual and in our communities, are like today. Well, in 2011. It is not a genius approach to the subject matter, but it is filled with great details and useful information. It is very easy and light to read, and the discourse is higly relatable.
May 03, 2016 Irvin rated it liked it
Elementary life lessons on the digital world. Not too deep, easy to grasp, still covers important tenets without dragging readers to be too deep, plus Tom Chatfield includes some recommendations to deepen readers understanding on the topic.
Emma McPherson
Feb 20, 2016 Emma McPherson rated it liked it
"How to Thrive in the Digital Age" proposes philosophical guideposts to the changes wrought upon the world and how we can navigate those changes.

One of this book's greatest strengths, seems to me, to also be its greatest weakness. It covers topics in bite-sized, easy to digest sections. While this works, in the sense that it conveys the information in a straightforward, understandable way, it would be good to get a more in-depth perspective on these issues and ideas.

It serves as a good entry poi
Marcel de Leeuwe
Dec 17, 2012 Marcel de Leeuwe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dit kleine boekje uit een serie is geschreven door Tom Chatfield. Het geeft een filosofische maar ook praktische kijk op de invloed van technologie op onze maatschappij. Hij beantwoordt met vele voorbeelden wat de technologie betekent voor ons dagelijkse leven.

Dit doet hij op een toegankelijke manier. De voorbeelden zijn soms Amerikaans maar verhelderend genoeg. Onderwerpen zoals democratie, privacy, versmelting tussen virtuele en 'f2f-wereld' en de rol van expertise wordt in historisch perspect
May 02, 2015 Liam rated it it was ok
It's an extended article really, and due to it's subject it's already out of date. The author has done a good job at writing the book, it's just not much use.
Simon Sweetman
Nov 17, 2013 Simon Sweetman rated it really liked it
"We must, I believe, look to the nature of our experiences rather than the tools creating them if we hope to understand the present. We must cherish the best of these experiences but also carve out a space apart from technology in our lives, and take control of our attention, apportioning our time knowingly rather than allowing always-on devices to dictate the texture of every moment. This means finding a balance within our habits both of thought and of action - and believing that it is possible ...more
Lance Eaton
Sep 28, 2015 Lance Eaton rated it really liked it
This is a great book that provides a range of perspectives on living in the digital age without losing it in the digital age. He performs a good balance of viewpoints about the benefits and the perils along with great additional resources to follow up with (my nerd moment of the book was listening to the different recommended reading and realizing that I read at least half of the books).

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Tom Chatfield is a British writer and commentator. The author of six books exploring digital culture – most recently Live This Book! (Penguin), Netymology (Quercus) and How to Thrive in the Digital Age (Pan Macmillan) – his work has appeared in over two dozen territories and languages.

A fortnightly columnist for the BBC, he also broadcasts internationally, writes fiction, plays jazz piano and twee
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