By DaveLevy on Aug 17, 2006
My family think I'm odd because of my reading choices.
I have started and finished Gary Younge's "Stranger in a Strange Land" (reviewed in the Guardian here...) and started Yochai Benkler's "The Wealth of Networks" (recommended to me by Simon Phipps) [ Book Site... ] [ Amazon... ].
I have not finished the latter yet and I'll need to re-read several parts of it, however it covers the economics of the internet and information and the social and process architecture of information production. Economics has obviously come on a lot since I studied it at University. I was reminded of this two years ago when I visited my alma-mater, the University of Exeter's library and looked up my finals papers. Some questions I can no longer understand (did I then? ) and some are now irrelevant.
The architecture of information production was something I found very confusing when I started to blog; as colleagues argued about the importance of the planet aggregator site run by Dave Edmonds, planetsun.org which seeks to aggregate all Sun staff authored blogs. I hope to review the book in some depth, but probably after I finish it.
Younge's book is pretty much like a blog, a diary of his time in the USA, through the eyes of a black briton, working as the Guardian's US correspondent. The book is structured through the categories of War, Race, Politics and Culture, and being written by a journalist, easy to read.
Another article backdated to a time nearer its occurrence.