Jenny Odell$26.99 $24.83
Jenny Odell's first book is warm, rambling and gorgeous. The prose is lush and the ideas come thick and heavy. Not the sort of "how to" book I expected: better in every way.
Lanier was one of the pioneers of VR and is deeply enmeshed in Silicon Valley culture, which makes his anti-tech attitudes all the more interesting.
Catherine Price$12.99 $11.95
I haven't read this one yet. It has great reviews as both a critique of technology and a literal how-to guide. Excited to try it!
Austin Perlmutter and David Perlmutter$28.00 $25.76
Erin Williams and Jordan Reid$18.00 $16.56
Meleah Bowles and Elise Williams Rikard$16.99
Douglas Rushkoff$23.95 $22.03
Written as a hundred small essays, the flagship book of Rushkoff's Team Human podcast tries to get in touch with what it means to be on the side of humanity in a world increasingly controlled by technology.
Rushkoff's previous book is more journalistic in style and presents a coherent argument that our horizons of thought have shortened even more than our attention spans.
Cal Newport$26.00 $23.92
Jaron Lanier$13.00 $11.96
Lanier's latest work is a short attack on what he calls the BUMMER economy: Behavior of Users Modified and Made into an Empire for Rent (yeah, it's a stretch). He points out that it's not "tech" that's ruining our lives, but specifically the companies that sell our attention and our behaviors in the form of ad tech.
Jaron Lanier$20.00 $18.40
Lanier's best book, I think. He analyzes not only the technologies that control our lives, but the economics behind them. A very interesting look at the way the future could have been, and what we can do now to make a difference. Lanier's a musician, so his thoughts on piracy and streaming in the music industry are enlightening.
James Bridle$16.95 $15.59
Another one I haven't got my hands on yet. James Bridle is one of the wisest voices in tech criticism. He's the guy who put a salt circle around a self-driving car and effectively trapped it because it couldn't cross the white line. I trust the book is as incredible as his other works.