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Book Report on the World Is Flat

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I need you to write me a book report. You can do write a book report on “The World is Flat ” or one of the other books listed below. The book report should be no more than 5 pages and will include the main idea(s) of the book and your thoughts on the ideas presented.

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE SUGGESTED BOOKS:

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century Updated and Expanded Edition By Thomas L. Friedman, Copyright 2006, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN 0-374-29279-5.

Annual Editions: Computers in Society 10/11, 16th edition. Friedman, Farrar, Straus & Giroux Publishing, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-07-352858-8

The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage ISBN: 0425171698
This is a very interesting book about the impact of the telegraph on society in the Victorian age; from the title you can see there are many parallels to the Internet.

The Social Life of Information by John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid ISBN: 1578517087
John Seely Brown was the director of the famous Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), where things like the first graphical interface, Ethernet, and the Object Oriented Languages were invented. This book provides some great insights into the social implications of technology.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell, (2007), ISBN: 0316010669
The book explores the ability of people to make decisions on very little information, and the validity of those decisions. This has some implications on the massive amount of information available through the Internet and how we are able to benefit or not benefit from this information glut.

The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil (2006), ISBN: 0143037889
Controversial book, which is not the easiest read, but it provides some great insights into how technology is reaching a point where it can have a profound impact on the human condition.

Numerati by Stephen Baker (2008), Mariner Books, Boston ISBN: 9780547247939
Examines the data that is collected about us as we go about our daily lives in cyberspace and how this data is harvested by people we may or may not know. Yahoo and google harvest an average of 2,500 details about each of us every month.

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