Ten techy reads

I gave a talk last night on “living with technology” at the School of Life, and promised some follow-up reading.

There are a lot of brilliant books about technology out there, and even more equally brilliant online writings. For now, here’s not so much a “top” as an “interesting” list of ten books I’ve been stimulated and delighted by, and think you should seek out.

1. Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants (Viking)

2. Cory Doctorow, Content (Tachyon)

3. Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus (Allen Lane)

4. Julian Dibbell (ed.), The Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale, forthcoming in November 2010 in print, but out now on Kindle)

5. Matt Mason, The Pirate’s Dilemma: How Hackers, Punk Capitalists, Graffiti Millionaires and Other Youth Movements are Remixing Our Culture and Changing Our World (Penguin)

6. Steven Johnson, Everything Bad is Good for You: How Popular Culture is Making Us Smarter (Penguin)

7. Charles Leadbeater, We-Think: Mass innovation, not mass production (Profile)

8. Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember (Atlantic)

9. Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet: And How to Stop It (Penguin)

10. Lawrence Lessig, Code: Version 2.0 (Basic Books)



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