The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present

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Planet Earth needs a self-help book, and this is it
The future is happening to us far faster than we thought it would and this book explains why
Fifty years after Marshall McLuhan's ground breaking book on the influence of technology on culture The Medium is the Massage, Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist extend the analysis to today, touring the world that's redefined by the Internet, decoding and explaining what they call the 'extreme present'.
The Age of Earthquakes is a quick-fire paperback, harnessing the images, language and perceptions of our unfurling digital lives. The authors invent a glossary of new words to describe how we are truly feeling today; and 'mindsource' images and illustrations from over 30 contemporary artists. Wayne Daly's striking graphic design imports the surreal, juxtaposed, mashed mannerisms of screen to page. It's like a culturally prescient, all-knowing email to the reader: possibly the best email they will ever read.
Welcome to The Age of Earthquakes, a paper portrait of Now, where the Internet hasn't just changed the structure of our brains these past few years, it's also changing the structure of the planet. This is a new history of the world that fits perfectly in your back pocket.
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ISBN-13: 9780141979564
ISBN-10: 0141979569
Pagini: 256
Dimensiuni: 120 x 178 x 19 mm
Greutate: 0.2 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

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The Age of Earthquakes - o continuare contemporana a cartii "The Medium is the Massage" a lui Marshall McLuhan, este la fel de convingatoare si de intriganta ca si "primul volum". McLuhan vorbeste de schimbarile fundamentale care sunt provocate de tehnologie in fiecare dintre noi, Age of Earthquakes subliniaza acest lucru explicand factorul internetului in aceasta ecuatie. La fel de frumos editata si ilustrata intr-un mod sugestiv in concondarta cu ideile textului. Un must have pentru orice fan al lui Marshall McLuhan si nu numai. P.S. Cartea incorporeaza atmosfera unei dupamieze petrecute pe net, primesti mailuri, citesti lucruri uneori aparent absurde, alteori incredibil de profunde, dar care se leaga in final intr-o culminanta rezolutie legata de identitate intr-un moment in care toti... stam pe net.

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Hans Ulrich Obrist is a curator and writer. Since 2006 he has been co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, London. He is the author of Ways of Curating and, with Ai Weiwei, of Ai Weiwei Speaks.


Brainy book that will rock your world
Absolutely amazing
An email-like, culturally-perceptive exploration of our digital realities... a mix between a dystopian modern glossary, Internet memes, multiple-choice dropdowns, mindsourced images and a fair bit of wisdom, it is a self-help book for the "last generation that will die"
A philosophical Anarchist Cookbook for the online era, when we are in touch with everyone at once all the time, or like to feel that we are... Like Marshall McLuhan's iconic dictum "the medium is the message" or the staccato bursts of meaning of George W.S. Trow's essay-book In the Context of No Context, The Age of Earthquakes is an abstract representation of how we feel now about how we are now. It's a book insistently engaged with the present tense... Perhaps it is the 21st century's first book-meme
Many of us feel like technologies of the future are arriving too slowly, but a new philosophy-cum-modern-self-help book suggests that, in fact, it's dawning on us faster than we ever thought possible
A pocket-sized primer on our blossoming obsolescence
Age of Earthquakes = panic-inducingly addictive
It's a fun, visual and easy read. Verdict: In the future all books will be written this way
An abstract representation of how we feel about our digital world
I don't know about you but I would very much like a guide to this brave new world
Addictive... A fun read. But one that makes you question how you read, why you read and just how much the internet has restructured our brains... It is a book not only inspired by the internet, but seemingly written by the internet. It is as if the internet gained not only artificial self-consciousness but wisdom - and then became your pal
I think everyone should read it
The Age of Earthquakes seeks to induce paradoxical visions of the contemporary, both ambivalent and critical