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

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Paperback, 149 pages
Published May 2012 by MacMillan (first published 2012)
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Greta
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
Marcel de Leeuwe
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...more
Elle Field
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.
Jo
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
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.
Rohan
This book wasn't as great as I had hoped, it kind of stated the obvious and wasn't all that challenging or mind stimulating.
Will
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...more
Lars
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
...more
Lars K Jensen
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
...more
Xx
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...more
Laura, Kersti, Jon, Arnaud
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...more
Bảo Hoàng
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...more
Aleksi
(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...more
Mark Ryan
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...more
Dao Anh vu
(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...more
Toan Tran
Dec 06, 2013 Toan Tran rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Pyry Kekäläinen
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...more
Wasim Sayeed
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
Charles
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...more
Simon Dobson
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
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
Blue Mountains Library
a philosophical discussion about the effects of digital culture on our minds, interactions, humanness and future as a society. Thought-provoking and insightful.

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Simon Sweetman
"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
Doug Newdick
This wasn't as good as the other books in the school of life series, but was still well worth the read. If you are interested in the idea of thinking deeply about our digital life then this is a good book to start from. It places our digital lives into the wider context of how we want to live our lives. Like most of the school of life, the lens this is viewed through is the aristotelian notions of eudaimonia and arete - but I think that is probably the best way to think of them, so I'm not compl...more
Danijeljovanovic
A great review on how to survive in the digital age. 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 loosing our being human culture and traditions by having 'me' time without our technologies.
Graeme
Some great ideas swirling round in this book..but I feel, that I'd like to re- read it. In a way it's not so much a how to book in that men's health magazine send - you know, to get this result, do that. It's more to get you thinking aboUt the web and consumption, privacy, and so on. And, it did. But I think I'd like to drink it in once again with a newly refreshed, un-twittered mind.
Ellen
I enjoyed this book as it brought together a range of interesting ideas and examples of technology use, while keeping the ideas firmly centred for people. A positive view of technology and how it can be used, and how it is interlaced in our lives
Viv JM
Feb 12, 2013 Viv JM rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mind
A lightweight and readable look at the role technology plays in our lives. The overall tone is a positive one (possibly a bit too positive for me!) but there is still plenty here to provoke thought.
Alan Fricker
quite neat little book covering a lot of ground that web savvy info types will find familiar. how are we as people adapting to life in an online world (he says typing on phone on way to work)
Jesse
The conclusion somehow was more sufficient than the rest of the book, but it was a good read. I don't think I got huge insights, but then this topic has been obsessed about for decades.
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Tom Chatfield is a British writer and commentator. The author of five books exploring digital culture – most recently Netymology (Quercus) and How to Thrive in the Digital Age (Pan Macmillan) – his work has appeared in over a dozen territories and languages.

A fortnightly columnist for the BBC, he also broadcasts internationally, writes fiction, plays jazz piano and tweets at @TomChatfield
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