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The Four-Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World (2015)

by Laurence Scott

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Ho messo molte etichette (tag) a questo libro. Non ha un solo scaffale mentale, visto che parla di "dimensione". Una parola questa che va diritto al cuore del problema: l'essere. Se non stabiliamo prima il nostro essere umani, non credo si possa trovare un luogo dove questo medesimo essere sta. Insomma, a farla breve e a dirla facile, tra le antiche classiche domande "chi cosa quando dove perché" bisognerebbe risolvere la prima: chi. Chi siamo? Poi "cosa" è tutto il resto. Il libro cerca di rispondere al "dove" e forse anche al "come", ma non complichiamo le cose. Domanda: dove si colloca l'uomo con l'avvento della realtà digitale? Se fino ad ora siamo vissuti in una realtà, secondo alcuni, a tre dimensioni, altezza, lunghezza, profondità, con il "digitale" dove ci collochiamo? Mentre scrivo su questo tablet, che tipo di esperienza sto vivendo? Quando qualcuno mi leggerà, in che modo lo farà e come reagirà a quello che ho scritto e pensato? Mi leggerà in quale dimensione? Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads ...? Mi risponderà scrivendo alla tastiera, su carta, al suo cellulare? Vorrà modificare il suo pensiero, condividendo con altri, rivedendo, correggendo, modulando il suo pensiero? Insomma, che tipo di pensiero sarà quello che esprime in questa nuova e diversa dimensione che non è mai la stessa? Queste sono le domande che scaturiscono da questo libro. Ma la domanda iniziale resta inevasa: chi è che scrive, pensa e comunica? .... Sospendo e riprendo dopo ... ( )
  AntonioGallo | Nov 2, 2017 |
Recommended by year end 2015 list on the spectator.
  aclason | Oct 19, 2017 |
Over the last couple of decades our lives are being shaped and affected by online presence and activities. This is taking the development of society into a fourth dimension. In this book Scott tries to look at the effects of this fourth dimension by looking at the effects of online presence on events, people and lives.

The premise of this book is very interesting but as a whole it doesn't work at all. Essentially it reads like a set of linked essays which, individually are quite good but read consecutively are repetitive. Scott's ideas are interesting but he goes off tangent so easily, whether it be to consider literature or his own life, that I tended to scan through lots of this book. If edited well this book would be better but the flimsy material would make it a very slim volume! ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
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This book is the winner of the Jerwood Prize. A constellation of everyday digital phenomena is rewiring our inner lives. We are increasingly coaxed from the third-dimensional containment of our pre-digital selves into a wonderful and eerie fourth dimension, a world of ceaseless communication, instant information and global connection. Our portals to this new world have been wedged open, and the silhouette of a figure is slowly taking shape. But what does it feel like to be four-dimensional? How do digital technologies influence the rhythms of our thoughts, the style and tilt of our consciousness? What new sensitivities and sensibilities are emerging with our exposure to the delights, sorrows and anxieties of a networked world? And how do we live in public, with these recoded private lives? Tackling ideas of time, space, friendship, commerce, pursuit and escape, and moving from Hamlet to the ghosts of social media, from Seinfeld to the fall of Gaddafi, from Facebook politics to Oedipus, The Four-Dimensional Human is a highly original and pioneering portrait of life in a digital landscape.

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"This book is the winner of the Jerwood Prize. A constellation of everyday digital phenomena is rewiring our inner lives, argues Laurence Scott. We are increasingly coaxed from the third-dimensional containment of our pre-digital selves into a wonderful and eerie fourth dimension, a world of ceaseless communication, instant information and global connection. Tackling ideas of time, space, isolation, silence and threat - how our modern-day anxieties manifest online - and moving from Hamlet to the ghosts of social media, from Seinfeld to the fall of Gaddafi, from Twitter art to Oedipus, The Four-Dimensional Human brings the very new into shocking conjunction with the very old to create a revelatory portrait of our lives in a digital landscape."--Wheelers.co.nz… (more)

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