The Four-Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World
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About the Author
Laurence Scott's essays and criticism have appeared in the Guardian, the Financial Times, and the London Review of Books, among other publications. A lecturer in English and creative writing, he lives in London.
[An] elegant meditation.
Witty, intellectual.--Dane Carr
Scott's writing is exceptionally fine, and his cultural range extravagant... An astounding debut.--Sunday Times, Thought Book of the Year
"With his joyful phrase-making and sharp eye for the follies and absurdities of wired life, Scott would be the perfect investigator to report back on what it feels like to be... uploaded."--Will Self
A probing and elegant meditation on the digital world's 'ways of being.' Beyond the lovely precision of its diction and companionable voice, it is notable for its courage to write from inside the ambiguities and confusions of online life, to resist the easy pleasures of summary judgement.
Adds immeasurably to the burgeoning literature on what social media do to our innermost lives, relationships, and stance towards the world. [Scott] doesn't travel on main roads--the familiar worries about technology--but rather on hidden byways marked by imagination and metaphor, where data cannot follow.--Carol Tavris
[A] rich phenomenology of living in the digital age and its radical reshaping of fundamental human experiences... Scott's sharp eye for irony and great wit make this debut a lively contribution to the conversation about the effects of the Internet on society.