For your bookshelf: Technocreep by Thomas P. Keenan
Technocreep: The surrender of privacy and the capitalization of intimacy by Thomas P. Keenan (2014)
From the back: Keenan keeps the reader entertained with lively anecdotes about Justin Bieber and Disney, but he doesn’t shy away from presenting the seriously sinister consequences of technology. Suicide and job loss are just two of the devastating consequences that can be linked back to our everday devices, and even experts will find revelations in the way Keenan tracks the collision between humans and technology.
Why I like it: It’s hard to think back to a time in which technology wasn’t ingrained in the daily tasks we fulfil as part of our everyday lives. Just think about how many times you post a status update to Facebook, check your email, go to a bar, or shop online. Do you ever think about what sort of information is being collected about you when you do these normal tasks? As Keenan states in his intro, this book is about ‘the unseen ways in which technology is already changing our lives.’ Keenan’s book is an important reminder to us all that these technological advances come with a cost. And that isn’t always a bad thing. However, it is important to stay informed about the information we are transmitting every time we participate in these everyday tasks.
Where can I get it: Available in British Columbia libraries and in bookstores.