Sunday, April 18, 2010

Review of The Victorian Internet Posted

Amazon.com just posted my five star review of The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage. From the review:

Tom Standage mentions chronocentricity on p 213 as "the egotism that one's own generation is poised on the very cusp of history." Comparing modern times to the past, he says "if any generation has the right to claim that it bore the full bewildering, world-shrinking brunt of such a revolution, it is not us -- it is our nineteenth-century forbears." Commentator Gary Hoover defines chronocentricity as being "obsessed with our own era, considering it the most important or most dynamic time ever." Being a history major, I find The Victorian Internet (TVI) to be an enlightening antidote to chronocentricity, and I recommend it to anyone trying to better understand modern times through the lens of history.

2 comments:

bigjobsboard said...

Thanks for posting this review. I might buy this because of this post. LOL

infosec208 said...

Another book in this genre that I'd recommend is "Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails" by Tom Wheeler. It delves in to the importance of Lincoln's use of the telegraph, and how he really was the first president to leverage electronic communications - communicating in almost real-time with his generals as well as others.. Communications much like today's email.

--Jeff
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