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The Best of Technology Writing 2007

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The year’s best writing on tech: a collection as imaginative and compelling as its dynamic subject

“This book is not just an illuminating and instructive guide to our high-tech frontier. It’s also a great testimony to the power of that most ancient of technologies, the written word.”

—Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad is Good for You

Together the essays in The Best of
Published August 20th 2007 by U OF M DIGT CULT BOOKS
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Sep 07, 2008 Shinynickel rated it really liked it
Like most collections of articles or essays, there are some pieces that leave me stunned, educated, or inspired, and others that leave me cold.

The introduction suffers from a severe case of blog-envy, and unnecessarily spends a big chunk of its wordcount trying to piss on blogging, nothing that without the backing of large organizations individual bloggers do not have the time or funding to produce heavily researched or investigative pieces. Which, you know, I agree with. Why it was necessary to
Jun 10, 2008 Derek rated it liked it
The title can be deceiving; this book is "technology" writing not "technological" writing. I think these days, with the pervasiveness of the internet and computers throughout the world, the definition of "technology" needs to be reined in a bit from how it is used here. The first essay is about someone with multiple PhDs who makes scientifically-based art installations. I've never been one for that kind of art, so maybe my opinion is jaded, but there is nothing remotely technological about this ...more
Jan 18, 2008 Michael rated it liked it
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I read this through

I thought the collection was hit-or-miss. The essays profiling artists and CEOs of tech companies were pretty interesting, but I could have done without the really weird piece by an unsuccessful online dater (Philip Smith,
"The Worst Date Ever for an Apple Tech"), or the self-absorbed "A Non-Programmer's Apology," which seemed like a few pages of the author telling us how talented he is at writing while failing to demonstrate it.

I loved the humor of "Dragon Slaye
Jan 25, 2008 Shana rated it liked it
I do love essays, and I have a weakness for the thematic collections that come out every year because it's so hard to keep up with good essay writing when you don't want just a few magazines' sensibilities. Some collections, though, get less imaginative in scope with each year's group, and that can be a real disappointment. (Last year's collection of food writing essays was awful: It was only about, well, food!)

This technology collection doesn't disappoint, focusing on technology and its impact
Jun 30, 2009 Christine added it
Shelves: gave-up
I got a review copy of this at the used bookstore. It's a collection of essays from magazines and websites. I figured since my job entails technology writing, I might as well try to embrace my inner techie writer a little. I can't figure out if the technology covered in the book is more interesting than what we cover at work, or if these writers make it more interesting. Maybe I'll figure that out and get some inspiration by the time I get through them all.
Destinee Sutton
I didn't like all of the essays in this book (the one about the bad internet date was particularly ridiculous) but there was one essay (about the UrbanBaby message board revealing the desperation of motherhood) that really stuck with me.

The thing is, I thought the pieces in this book would be more tech-driven, but they were actually more about human relationships mediated by the internet.
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Steven Levy (born 1951) is an American journalist who has written several books on computers, technology, cryptography, the Internet, cybersecurity, and privacy. Levy is chief technology writer and a senior editor for Newsweek, writing mainly in the "Science & Technology" section. He also writes the column "Random Access" in the monthly feature "Focus On Technology." Levy is also a contributor ...more
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