Book Review: Future Media Edited by: Rick Wilber

Rating: 1/5

Publisher: Tachyon Publications

Publish Date: July 15, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: The best and brightest visionaries of the future have explored the implications of the mass media age. Combining their prescient nonfiction and fiction, Future Media showcases these innovative explorations of the mass media, which is at once personal, public, pervasive, and powerful. Both cautionary and optimistic, this groundbreaking anthology offers challenging, engaging predictions of a future that will not be ignored.

Extraordinary fiction comes from Aldous Huxley, excerpted from Brave New World, his iconic totalitarian society; Norman Spinrad, and his outrageous and accurate take on reality television; Ray Bradbury, revisiting his censorship-driven classic Fahrenheit 451; and James Tiptree, Jr. (a.k.a. Alice Sheldon), with her cyberpunk tragedy of love and corporate greed.

Nonfiction luminaries include Marshall McLuhan, who famously posited that the medium is the message; Cory Doctorow, and his insight into copyright in the digital age; Nicholas Carr, who argues that Google is - and will continue to be - making us stupid; and Timothy Berners-Lee, a pioneering developer of the World Wide Web, and now a guide to its very future.

Review: I really wanted to be able to get into this book, but I just couldn't. The premise is wonderful and very relevant to our times. I hope that you give Future Media a chance. 

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