Animal Internet: Nature and the Digital Revolution
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Charts the new digital frontier in the human-animal relationship. Gone are the days of an untouched natural world. We have entered wilderness 2.0 ... [An] intriguing book.--The Washington PostBold and fascinating ... proposing that the Internet--and other digital technology--offers an opportunity to rediscover our animals as more than abstracted images but as autonomous individuals with inherent value. A truly thought-provoking book for animal lovers and technology enthusiasts alike.--Kirkus Reviews This surprising book offers a great shout-out to the next phase in our relationship with non-human beings: our brand-newly emerging recognition that they, too, are individuals, leading individual lives.
--Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel and Song for the Blue Ocean "At last, a convincing explanation for why waldrapps are on Twitter and quolls on Facebook. In beautiful, philosophical prose, Alexander Pschera even explains why cats rule the Internet. The first book that brings nature and technology together with animals as individuals and streams of big data alike."--David Rothenberg, author of Bug Music and Survival of the Beautiful Animal Internet is a most important book. This excellent work could be a strong catalyst for people ... to reconnect and become re-enchanted with all sorts of mysterious and fascinating animals, both local and distant. By shrinking the world it will bring humans and other animals together in a multitude of ways that only a few years ago were unimaginable.
--Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, author of Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence "Humanized pets, industrialized meat, endless sad extinctions: Must our animal future be so bleak? Not according to Alexander Pschera, who envisions humans and wild animals interacting on matters like climate change and conservation through electronic tracking. A fascinating account full of novel and unexpected examples." --Richard W. Bulliet, author of Hunters, Herders and Hamburgers: The Past and Future of Human-Animal Relationships and Professor of History Emeritus, Columbia University Pschera, an expert on the Internet, media, and philosophy, attentively contemplates and justly criticizes postmodernist efforts to go 'back to nature.' He explores both the causes and effects of man's severing from the natural world. He notes the ways in which the very attempts meant to protect the natural world actually harm our relationship with it and further distance us from it.--The Literary Review An original book that goes against the trend to stubbornly keep nature and technology divided from one another.--Der Spiegel Animal Internet is one of the most interesting books that I've read in recent years.--Bavarian Radio What Pschera describes sounds futuristic but it's already widespread reality . . . Pschera's book is not just popular science: he describes not only the status quo, but also thinks about an ongoing transformation.--Wired.de