If research about digital, network-enabled information and communications technologies and the extent to which they are transforming social, economic, and political relations in unanticipated—and in many cases, undesirable—ways (concerning innovation, creativity, the free-flow of information and ideas, democracy, labor, and the public interest) is of interest to you, you might enjoy any one of the following reads this Summer:
Bauman, Zygmunt. The Individualized Society: How to Change Our
Experience. Malden: Blackwell, 2001. Print.
Bourdieu, Pierre. Firing Back: Against the Tyranny of the Market 2. New
York: New Press, 2001. Print.
Conley, Dalton. Elsewhere U.S.A.: How We Got From the Company Man,
Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, Blackberry Moms, and Economic Anxiety. New York: Random House, 2009. Print.
Deibert, Ronald J. Parchment, Printing, and Hypermedia: Communication
in World Order Transformation. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997. Print.
Garson, Barbara. The Electronic Sweatshop. How Computers Are
Transforming the Office of the Future Into the Factory of the Past. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988. Print.
Gee, James P. “Communities of Practice in the New Capitalism.” Journal of
the Learning Sciences, Vol. 9, No. 4 (2000): 515-23. Print.
Hughes, Jason, Nick Jewson, and Lorna Unwin. Communities of Practice:
Critical Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2007. Print.
Lanier, Jared. You Are Not A Gadget: A Manifesto. New York: Vintage
Books, 2010. Print.
Niedzviecki, Hal. Hello, I’m Special: How Individuality Became the New
Conformity. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2006. Print.
Roszak, Theodore. The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on the
Technocratic Society and Its Youthful Opposition. New York: Anchor Books, 1969. Print.
Rushkoff, Douglas. Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and
How to Take It Back. New York: Random House, 2009. Print.