While not at all what I expected, I absolutely loved this book. Not about hauntings and ghosts so much as how haunting and ghost stories are ways we tWhile not at all what I expected, I absolutely loved this book. Not about hauntings and ghosts so much as how haunting and ghost stories are ways we tell and deal with the stories of American history and culture. A fascinating exploration of the psychology and anthropology of our "haunted" United States....more
A pretty good read on how narcissism is damaging our social system and culture. Some of the statistics in here are absolutely frightening when you conA pretty good read on how narcissism is damaging our social system and culture. Some of the statistics in here are absolutely frightening when you consider their implications. Would have liked to see a bit of discussion about how the "entitlement" air of narcissism has fueled the rampancy of online piracy as well, but that's really more of a personal interest. Recommended reading for pretty much anyone....more
What a fantastic book. Jaron Lanier truly knows the realm about which he's speaking, and he speaks about it in blatant, truthful terms. Rather than viWhat a fantastic book. Jaron Lanier truly knows the realm about which he's speaking, and he speaks about it in blatant, truthful terms. Rather than viewing technological progress as something bigger than us, he views it as a tool with the potential to help us more greatly realize the potential we have, as humans. Fans of Andrew Keen will appreciate the directness of Lanier's conversation, and his rejection of simply accepting our new web 2.0 culture as the perfect future.
While I may not agree with Lanier on all topics (I'm a fan of Kurzweill as well), I do think that everything he puts forth is something quite worthy of a discussion and are all valid points to be made in any such discussion.
The book does tend to lose a bit of direction at the end, when he begins to focus on his views of potential futures of technology, but they are, nonetheless, important to be included in this manifesto as they help close out some earlier thoughts.
One thing in particular that I enjoyed was Lanier's viewpoints as a musician as well as a technologist. Through this experience he is quite able to pontificate on some of the issues that are arising where we are ascribing much less value to creative works than they deserve. I touch on this a bit in an article I wrote on my own site....more
From the outset, I should make it clear that I only made it about a third of the way through Tribes before closing it for good. So, what follows is onFrom the outset, I should make it clear that I only made it about a third of the way through Tribes before closing it for good. So, what follows is only based on what is in that first third of the book.
Seth Godin's 'Tribes' is possibly the worst business-type book I've ever read. Basically it's nothing more than a large motivational speech to try to get people to become leaders. There's very little, if any, research presented in this book - and everything that is presented comes across as Godin's opinion or the conclusions he comes to on his own.
He is right in that there is now more opportunity to be a leader than ever, especially with all the new tools that the common man is afforded in today's technological age. Where the failure lies, however, is in the assumption that everyone should be a leader. Leaders need followers, and the push for every one of us to be a leader would inevitably lead to a situation where nothing is done because each of us is only focused on our own agenda.
The biggest flaw, however, is that if you truly are a leader you really shouldn't need this kind of "call-to-arms" to get you fired up - you already should be....more