On Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 at 7pm, former Dean of Harvard Harry Lewis will be signing and discussing a book he recently co-authored, Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion. The book provides a way for us to understand the digitization of our lives that happens constantly, whether we realize it's going on or not.
From the inside of the book's jacket:
"Every day, billions of photographs, news stories, songs, X-rays, TV shows, phone calls, and emails are being scattered around the world as sequences of zeroes and ones: bits. We can't escape this explosion of digital information and few of us want to--the benefits are too seductive....But the same engineering marvels are shattering centuries-old assumptions about privacy, identity, free expression, and personal control as more and more details of our lives are captured as digital data....This book is a wake-up call to the human consequences of the digital explosion."
Also from the book's jacket, Reed Hundt, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has this to say:
"If you want to understand the future before it happens, you'll love this book. If you want to change the future before it happens to you, this book is required reading."
The book was published in June of 2008 by Addison-Wesley Professional and is available in hardcover for $25.95.
We're looking forward to a fascinating, informative, and lively discussion. We hope you'll join us on November 19th in welcoming Harry Lewis!