Posts tagged culture

Book summary: Coding Freedom

These are my notes for “Coding Freedom“, a sociology/anthropology book that analyses the free software community. You can download it for free from its website, or buy a paper version. These notes cover only the history of free software, which I found very interesting even if I basically knew it already. 1970-1984: The commodification of […]

Humans as consumers

This is something I’ve been thinking about for months, but took me a while to give it a shape in my mind and put it into words. I’m not done exploring these ideas, I might write about them again. Edit: forgot to thank Manu for her feedback on a draft of this post. It all started […]

Book summary and review: Bodies

This is my summary of “Bodies”, by Susie Orbach. It’s a book about the relationship to our body and how it affects us and our life. As this book is sort of similar to “Who are we” in the sense that there are several general points being made and most of the book are stories […]

Book Summary: Who are we — and should it matter in the 21st century

This is my summary of the book “Who are we — and should it matter in the 21st century”, by Gary Younge, about identity and nationalism in a globalised world. This time, instead of following the structure of the book, I’m going to do something similar to what Josh Kaufman does with his summaries: extract […]

Book summary: Cognitive Surplus (III)

This is the last part of my summary of “Cognitive Surplus“, by Clay Shirky. It will cover the last chapter, “Looking for the Mouse”. You can read parts one and two in this blog. Looking for the mouse Transforming free time into cognitive surplus is not just about social tools. We need motive and opportunity, […]

Book summary: Cognitive Surplus (II)

This is the second part of my summary of “Cognitive Surplus“, by Clay Shirky. It will cover chapters “Culture” and “Personal, Communal, Public, Civic”. EDIT: You can read parts one and three in this blog. Culture Day care fines story on p.131. Knowledge is the most combinable thing we have, but taking advantage of it […]

Book summary: Cognitive Surplus (I)

This is the first part of my summary of “Cognitive Surplus“, by Clay Shirky. It will cover chapters “Gin, TV and Cognitive Surplus”, “Means”, “Motive” and “Opportunity”. EDIT: You can read parts two and three in this blog. 1. Gin, TV and Cognitive Surplus The Gin craze in early 1700 in England didn’t stop because of […]

Book summary: Technopoly (IV)

This is the fourth (and last) part of my summary of “Technopoly” by Neil Postman. It covers the two final chapters, “The Great Symbol Drain” and “The Loving Resistance Fighter”. You can see parts one, two and three in this blog. The Great Symbol Drain Examples of “blasphemous” ads in p. 164-165. It’s not blasphemy […]

Book summary: Technopoly (III)

This is the third part of my summary of “Technopoly” by Neil Postman. You can read parts one and two on this blog. This part covers chapters “The Ideology of Machines: Medical Technology”, “The Ideology of Machines: Computer Technology”, “Invisible Technologies” and “Scientism”. EDIT: see parts one, two and four on this blog. The Ideology of […]

Book summary: Technopoly (II)

This is the second part of my summary of “Technopoly” by Neil Postman (see the first one on this blog). It covers chapters “From Technocracy to Technopoly”, “The Improbable World” and “The Broken Defenses”. EDIT: see parts one, three and four on this blog. From Technocracy to Technopoly By the end of the 18th century, technocracy […]