The Four-dimensional Human

The Four-dimensional Human

Ways of Being in the Digital World

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WW Norton
Each of us exists in three-dimensional, physical space. But, as a constellation of everyday digital phenomena rewires our lives, we are increasingly coaxed from the containment of our predigital selves into a wonderful and eerie fourth dimension, a world of ceaseless communication, instant information, and global connection.Our portals to this new world have been wedged 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 sensitivities and sensibilities are emerging with our exposure to the delights, sorrows, and anxieties of a networked world? And how do we live in public with these recoded private lives?Laurence Scott—hailed as a “New Generation Thinker” by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the BBC—shows how this four-dimensional life is dramatically changing us by redefining our social lives and extending the limits of our presence in the world. Blending tech-philosophy with insights on everything from Seinfeld to the fall of Gaddafi, Scott stands with a rising generation of social critics hoping to understand our new reality. His virtuosic debut is a revelatory and original exploration of life in the digital age.
You are a four-dimensional human.

Baker & Taylor
Blending tech-philosophy with insights, shows how society is entering into a four-dimensional world--filled with ceaseless communication, instant information, and global connection--that is dramatically redefining people's lives.

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The author contends that humans have become four-dimensional due to digital technology and examines how this new type of life impacts society and the world, looking at the influence of technologies like Skype, Airbnb, Wikipedia, YouTube, and social media, and the effects on areas like silence, grammar, originality, time, and communication. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Hailed as a “New Generation Thinker” by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the BBC, the author, blending tech-philosophy with a vast array of insights, shows how we are entering into a four-dimensional world, filled with ceaseless communication, instant information and global connection, that is dramatically changing us. Original.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2016
Edition: First American Edition
ISBN: 9780393353075
Branch Call Number: 302.231 SCOTT
Notes: Revised edition of the author's The four-dimensional human, 2015


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