Daily Archives: January 19, 2012

Ten Books to Read about Internet

From John Naughton’s top 10 books about the internet

So, in the end, I asked myself the question: what would you really need to know in order to understand the significance of the internet?  The answer is that you need to understand a smallish number of Big Ideas.  But how many? Then I remembered a famous paper published by the psychologist George Miller which argued that on average people can hold seven discrete ideas (plus or minus two) in short-term memory.  This led to the idea of a book with nine chapters – the nine things you really need to know about the net. If you’re interested, it’s a good idea to read the following 10 books as well.”

Interesting — add these to the reading list…

  1. The Internet Galaxy by Manuel Castells
  2. The Wealth of Networks by Yochai Benkler
  3. The Future of the Internet, and How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain
  4. Transmission by Hari Kunzru
  5. Reamde by Neal Stephenson
  6. You are not a gadget by Jaron Lanier
  7. Republic.com by Cass Sunstein
  8. The Net Delusion by Evgeny Morozov
  9. Darwin Among the Machines: the evolution of global intelligence by George Dyson
  10. Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy by Lawrence Lessig

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BYOT, Apples and books

A North Canton Ohio High School encourages students “Bring their own devices

The plan, according to the U.S. Department of Education website, “calls for applying the advanced technologies used in our daily personal and professional lives to our entire education system to improve student learning, accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices, and use data and information for continuous improvement.”

Fayette County Schools (Ga) experiment letting kids use smartphones to study

Comments from readers include:

There are schools that hopefully will share their success and failure at using the ‘new’ technology.

If my student’s cell phone is lost or stolen, is the BOE going to replace it?


  • 10:38 am “They’re extremely heavy. Students will just quit bringing them to class.”
  • 10:38 am “With US history, they print a book and it’s outdated as soon as it comes out.”

Apple unveiled today iBooks 2, a “new textbook experience” for the iPad and the company’s attempt to bury traditional schoolbooks.

 Isaacson noted that Jobs had “set his sights on textbooks,” seeing the $8 billion a year business as something that was “ripe for destruction.”

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