Friday, January 06, 2012

John Naughton's new book now available

John Naughton's terrific new book, From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: What you Really Need to Know About the Internet, is now available.
Recommend, nag until they agree to get it or better still stick a copy in the grubby hands of every single person of influence you know who doesn't get the Net. They won't be able to put it down once they start and they'll thank you every time they are faced with a big technology related decision.

We could begin to build a significantly different world if the next piece of crackpot Internet regulation that appears in Parliament or Congress or the EU is met with policymakers muttering "the web is not the Net", "disruption is a feature not a bug", "Orwell and Huxley are the bookends of our future, good grief he's right!", while flicking through a well thumbed copy of John's book.

Here's John talking engagingly about why he wrote the book and an outline of  ideas therein:

and his related Observer article from 2010.