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Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents
by Ellen Ullman
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0872863328, Paperback)If there is such a thing as a typical computer programmer, Ellen Ullman is not it. She's female, a former communist, bisexual, old enough to be a twentysomething's mom, and not a nerd. She runs her own computer-consulting business in San Francisco and in Close to the Machine explores a world in which "the real world and its uses no longer matter." This memoir examines the relationship between human and machine, between material and cyberworlds and reminds us that the body and soul exist before and after any machine. The wit Ullman brings to her National Public Radio commentaries shines through in the prose.
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Ullman tries to balance her life, "close to the machine" as a computer programmer with the social and philosophical repercussions of her work.
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