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reader Ñ The Four Dimensional Human Ways of Being in the Digital World ↠ Paperback read â dogsalonbristol ↠ ➜ [Epub] ❧ The Four Dimensional Human Ways of Being in the Digital World By Laurence Scott ➦ – Live in public with these recoded private livesTackling ideas of time space isolation silence and threat – how our modern day anxieties manifest online – and moving from Hamlet to the ghosts of social media from Seinfeld to the fall of Gaddafi from Twitter art to Oedipus The Four Dimensional Human is a highly original and pioneering portrait of life in a digital landscape As a piece of philosophical and critical writing this book has its flaws As a piece of entertaining commentary on daily digital interaction it is hugely effective Scott adopts a fairly systematic approach early on He reminisces about some piece of pop culture trivia or literary moment and then finds a way to use it as a metaphorical entry into the changing themes of his study He zips along from tennis to Oscar Wilde via 80s children's TV and a late and ineffective use of the desert as spiritual and geographical analogue for the emptiness of modern digital existence Whilst this tactic is repetitive once you notice it it remains an entertaining and often hilarious way to examine the mediated situation we find ourselves in Also as a Gothic scholar I enjoy Scott's own approach to the Internet as an inherently spooky place I'd recommend the book for anyone with any interest in digital humanities contemporary philosophy It is heavily weighted towards a literary analysis of the Internet and this is no bad thing But if you are looking for a detailed technical examination of humandigital interaction then this is not the book for you Scott paints with very broad strokes but he creates a hugely enjoyable and consistently non judgemental vision of our overly technologised present

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A constellation of everyday digital phenomena Dimensional Human ePUB #180 is rewiring our inner lives argues Laurence Scott We are increasingly coaxed from the third dimensional containment of our pre digital selves into a wonderful and eerie fourth dimension a world of ceaseless communication instant information and global connectionOur portals to this new world have been wed The Four Dimensional Human invites us to think about how digitization has changed our lives It's not a book about dooms day warnings of how technology will ruin us but rather gently nudges us to think about what it means to be connected to the cloud at all times What does it mean for our sense of a body when we are constantly bodiless on the net What meanings do space and place have when I can be where you are with the click of a button or a swipe on a screenScott's writing style combines a strong background in literature with metaphorical language and anecdotes into a narrative that is engaging witty and recognizable It's not an academic work nor is it in my opinion truly a work of popular non fiction It's straddled somewhere in between in a comfortable and confident way

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The Four Dimensional Human Ways of Being in the Digital WorldGed open and the silhouette of a figure is slowly taking shape But what does it feel like to be four dimensional How do digital technologies influence the rhythms of our thoughts the style and tilt of our consciousness What new The Four PDFEPUBsensitivities and sensibilities are emerging with our exposure to the delights sorrows and anxieties of a networked world And how do we I came across 'The Four Dimensional Human' while browsing a relatively unfamiliar branch library I'm easily convinced to read non fiction dissecting our digital world and its effects In this instance Scott examines various different dimensions of the experience of pervasive digital connectedness It's worth noting that he is a lecturer in English and creative writing so the references are largely drawn from literature As an aside since becoming a university lecturer my respect for that title has dropped to near zero I no longer assume that just because someone lectures in a subject they know a lot about it After all I have to lecture on topics I have only a limited grasp of More senior lecturers than I presumably have actual expertise though These literary comparisons are both a strength and a weakness of the book The points being made can be vague and diffuse verging at times into meaninglessness but are all very elegantly expressed My overall feeling was that I'd prefer greater substance I recall most of Scott's arguments being made effectively in Present Shock When Everything Happens Now Nonetheless the book kept my interest and conveys certain sensations central to digital life very well For exampleThe collision of these two stories is just one example of how in an age of constant information we must daily reconcile two scales of tragedy the personal and the planetary The digital age supplies us with a steady exposure to two infinities of horror the universe of sorrow contained in individual loss and the vast dread of our collective undoing This collision of scale threatens us with a loss of proportion a precondition for a culture of panicWhile this is hardly a new insight I liked how he put it Inevitably I found the treatment of current digital technology as a sort of natural condition of life rather than a manifestation of the path taken by 21st century capitalism slightly frustrating The meandering chapters were however pleasant to read and certainly included elements I and doubtless many others could recogniseNevertheless there is a strong and widespread feeling that our relationship with technology has to be managed as a sort of chronic problem Simultaneously we are rightly enamoured with all the ease and enrichment they provide The four dimensional human thus regularly experiences two types of breathlessness The first is due to the thrill of roving over the world of dropping in on a sibling and their baby on another continent of staying for five minutes and laughing the whole time then swooping back into your skin The second breathlessness is not cheerful and arises in the moments when all this liberty seems to come at the price of its opposite when the sum of digital life feels like a cage than a flying carpet The ongoing narrative of toxicity and depression that shadows digital progress in conjunction with a sense that this progress is both for the best and inevitable creates a pervasive atmosphere of claustrophobiaAlthough it didn't give me anything particularly new to think about 'The Four Dimensional Human' was written with nuance in a pleasing style It also features another example of the baffling fascination with analysing The Dark Knight Rises displayed by David Graeber's The Utopia of Rules On Technology Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy and Slavoj Žižek's Trouble in Paradise From the End of History to the End of Capitalism Look I enjoyed it in the cinema but the plot and themes were a mess Graeber at least admits that it was disappointing I really don't understand why cultural theorists look to this film specifically for insight into the postmodern condition There's much of that to be found in the Fast Furious movies in my opinion