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By Virginia Heffernan

Virginia Heffernan “melds the non-public with the more and more common in a hugely informative research of what the web is—and should be. A completely engrossing exam of the Internet’s previous, current, and destiny” (Kirkus Reviews, starred evaluate) from the most effective residing writers of English prose.

This e-book makes a daring declare: the net is between mankind’s nice masterpieces—a titanic murals. As an concept, it opponents monotheism. yet its cultural strength and its societal influence frequently elude us. during this deep and considerate ebook, Virginia Heffernan finds the good judgment and aesthetics in the back of the web, simply as Susan Sontag did for images and Marshall McLuhan did for television.

Life on-line, within the hugely visible, social, transportable, and international incarnation rewards definite virtues. the hot medium favors pace, accuracy, wit, prolificacy, and flexibility, and its shape and capabilities are altering how we understand, event, and comprehend the area. In “sumptuous writing, saturated with observations which are at the same time own, cultural, and strikingly unique” (The New Republic), Heffernan provides “a revealing examine how the net maintains to reshape our lives emotionally, visually, and culturally” (The Smithsonian Magazine). “Magic and Loss is an illuminating advisor to the Internet...it is most unlikely to return clear of this ebook with no sharing a few of Heffernan’s awe for this courageous new international” (The Wall road Journal).

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