Last week I asked your help, dear readers, in selecting a reading for my upcoming summer seminar on emerging technologies. You responded generously, both here and elsewhere, and I’d like to share the results.
I’ve broken them up into nonfiction (the biggest category), fiction, and no books.
- Rachael Botsman, Who Can You Trust? (thanks to Alexander Malkay Hayes)
- James Bridle, New Dark Age (thanks to Jeremiah Parry-Hill)
- Fred Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month (thanks to John Lawler)
- Clayton Christensen, The Inventor’s Dilemma (thanks to Phil Ice)
- Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, Introduction to Computational Social Science: Principles and Applications (thanks to Peter Rothman)
- Elisabeth Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (thanks to Ed Webb)
- Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin, The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing, 1450-1800 (thanks to Ed Webb)
- Atul Gawande’s article in the New Yorker, “Slow Ideas” (thanks to Peter Shea)
- Jon Gertner, The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation (thanks to Joey King)
- Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future (thanks to Michael David Cobb Bowen)
- ____, What Technology Wants (thanks to Thomas Beckett)
- Tracy Kidder, The Soul of a New Machine (thanks to John Lawler)
- Steven Levy, Hackers (thanks to John Lawler)
- Donald Norman, The Design of Everyday Things (thanks to Richard Liston)
- Dana Oblinger (ed), Game Changers : Education and Information Technologies (thanks to Peter Shea)
- Walter Jackson Ong, Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word (thanks to Steve Ehrmann)
- Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur, Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers (thanks to Jay Allen)
- Douglas Rushkoff, Program or Be Programmed (thanks to Warren Blyth)
- Witold Rybczynski, One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw (2000) (thanks to William Emerson)
- Peter Smith, Free Range Learning in the Digital Age: The Emerging Revolution in College, Career, and Education (thanks to Peter Shea)
- Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age (thanks to Christopher M. Davis and Danielle Mirliss)
- Several people agreed with my possibility that no book would fit the bill (Bill Meador, Steve Ehrmann).
- Carrie offered a great suggestion: “Have the class write chapters on various topics from the student perspective on Ed tech.”
Overall, this is a fascinating mix. There’s a healthy amount of historical work, in terms of studies of technological change. There are also a large number of older books, going back to the 1980s and earlier.
A clear majority of the authors are men.
Most of the books are monographs. Some are anthologies or textbooks. One’s an essay.
In disciplinary terms, these are all over the place: history, economics, design.
Thanks to all contributors!