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Author: Nicholas Carr Narrator: Steven Menasche Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781469065007
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A freewheeling, sharp-shooting indictment of a tech-besotted culture. With a razor wit, Nicholas Carr cuts through Silicon Valley’s unsettlingly cheery vision of the technological future to ask a hard question: Have we been seduced by a lie? Gathering a decade’s worth of posts from his blog, Rough Type, as well as his seminal essays, Utopia Is Creepy offers an alternative history of the digital age, chronicling its roller-coaster crazes and crashes, its blind triumphs, and its unintended consequences. Carr’s favorite targets are those zealots who believe so fervently in computers and data that they abandon common sense. Cheap digital tools do not make us all the next Fellini or Dylan. Social networks, diverting as they may be, are not vehicles for self-enlightenment. And “likes” and retweets are not going to elevate political discourse. When we expect technologies-designed for profit-to deliver a paradise of prosperity and convenience, we have forgotten ourselves. In response, Carr offers searching assessments of the future of work, the fate of reading, and the rise of artificial intelligence, challenging us to see our world anew. In famous essays including “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Privacy,” Carr dissects the logic behind Silicon Valley’s “liberation mythology,” showing how technology has both enriched and imprisoned us-often at the same time. Drawing on artists ranging from Walt Whitman to the Clash, while weaving in the latest findings from science and sociology, Utopia Is Creepy compels us to question the technological momentum that has trapped us in its flow. “Resistance is never futile,” argues Carr, and this audiobook delivers the proof. Download and start listening now!

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About the Author

Nicholas Carr is the author of The Shallows, The Big Switch, and Does IT Matter? He has written for the New York Times, Atlantic, Guardian, Wired, and other periodicals. He lives in Colorado with his wife.

About the Narrator

Steve Menasche is a conservatory-trained actor and musician who has toured the world with West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the American Folk Theatre. As a voice actor, he has been the “guy next door” voice for numerous national radio and television campaigns, including Proactive, Arby’s, Countywide, Shaklee, and Lexus. He can also be seen as an on-screen actor featured in nationwide ads for IBM. He is a fourth-degree black belt in jujitsu who still practices regularly and volunteers for underprivileged children.