Amazon Customer Review
- New Dark Age covers myriad worthwhile topics related to the significant developments occurring in our global age as a result of technology, polarization and consumption. The topics raise a red flag and heighten readers’ awareness and should inspire concern and leeriness about events in the world and many of their own activities. Much of the focus in on how technology is being manipulated by the rich and powerful to become more rich and more powerful over and against consumers of technology and information. Whether it is spying for political power or manipulating consumers for financial gain, readers will find that they are being used one way or another.
- There is some interesting writing here that is insightful and alarming. I think the book could have been much more impactful and readable, however. I read an advanced reader's copy, so I hope it will be tightened up in publication. The writing rambles on the topics rather than focusing a coherent and cogent message. At the end of chapters, I'm looking for a discernible conclusion and purpose or even some guidance; however, the author is just conveying information and leaves it to the reader to ingest and apply it.
- Something that I noticed in the writing is that the author indicts conservatives (i.e. George W. Bush & Donald Trump) while absolving or ignoring faults of liberals (i.e. The Clintons and President Obama). While not disagreeing with his indictments, I do find that the lack of objective analysis of all sides of the political spectrum undermines the book's integrity and proves the general untrustworthiness of information that is a point of the book.
- I also found it ironic that a chapter that promotes the dangers of Climate Change is following by a chapter that points out the untrustworthiness of recent and contemporary scientific research and calculations for a variety of reasons. The author fails to put together why some folks might not buy into all we are told from politicians and scientists about climate change, etc.
- This is a worthwhile book, but it could have been more significant had it been more precise, unbiased and reader-friendly.
→ Craig Stephans
- This book featured on a “Books for the Summer: 2018” reading list created by Charles Leadbeater (Wikipedia: Charles Leadbeater) and forwarded by my daughter Naomi.
- Charles Leadbeater's general introduction was “ If there is a theme to this list it is our relationship to time: we often go back in order to go forwards. Progress is rarely a straight line into the future, leaving behind a bad past. Going back is not without its risks however: nostalgia lurks at every turn. Yet increasingly it seems we want a version of progress that incorporates, respects, builds on the past rather than laying it to waste through unforgiving disruptive creative destruction. ”.
- On this book, his comment was “James Bridle takes a more cut and dried approach to the future in his highly recommended The New Dark Age. Bridle’s subtitle says the future is over, at an end because Big Tech has taken the future from us, using every advance in digital technology to exert more power over our lives. We cannot shape the future so long as a handful of large companies control the technologies that will determine how we live. ”.
- My initial thoughts for Naomi were “I’m sure I’ll find it very annoying, but it’ll balance the transhumanists1 who equate “tech” with the salvation rather than the perdition of mankind.”
Verso Books (17 July 2018)
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