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A constellation of everyday digital phenomena 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 wedged open and. 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 Sweet for Her (Sweet Curves is rewiring our The Purpose-Guided Universe inner lives argues Laurence Scott We are The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion increasingly coaxed from the third dimensional containment of our pre digital selves The Academy into a wonderful and eerie fourth dimension a world of ceaseless communication Full Dark, No Stars instant If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, information and global connectionOur portals to this new world have been wedged open and. The Four Dimensional Human 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida 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 La ética de la crueldad it means to be connected to the cloud at all times What does 3052 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 Mercator into a narrative that Pasos perdidos en Granada is engaging witty and recognizable It s not an academic work nor Suffering and no suffering is Can We Live 150 Years? it The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears in my opinion truly a work of popular non fiction It s straddled somewhere Robs Shiny Dumptruck in between Business English in a comfortable and confident way

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The Four Dimensional Human Ways of Being in the Digital World

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 publi. 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 i ek 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

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C 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 landscap. Talk about waxy This Scott dude can certainly stretch an idea He argues semi convincingly that digital devices and social media are the 4th dimension We re somewhere else when we re really here Or vice versa or something Social mediamakes a moment four dimensional by scaffolding it with simultaneity such that it exists in multiple places at once xv But he also gives an example of writing a postcard doing the same thing so isn t it any distraction removing you from the presentThe text is devoid of non self reference I ve not read an author so entirely consumed by himself and his own thoughts since maybe Henry David Thoreau Scott seems to only make comparisons to his own experiences It s a great book if you re in his family DNF dThough this isn t one of them you can find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes Books for Dudes the online reader s advisory column for men from Library Journal


10 thoughts on “The Four Dimensional Human Ways of Being in the Digital World

  1. says:

    You are no doubt reading this on a screen most likely some sort of tablet or phone but it could be on a computer This constant interaction with the 1’s and 0’s of the digital world is starting to have an effect on our own lives as we are drawn into a world of constant connection information at your fingertips and 24 hour communication Scott calls this new persona the four dimensional human and in this book considers the ways that this

  2. says:

    This is a difficult book to write about and very hard to describe It's basically a study of how 'networked life' ie 247 connection to the internet and social media and the ability to constantly communicate across almost all

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    The introduction alone is worth the price of admission I feel like sometimes he gets a little carried away in his grand and super verbose similes and references but then he'll turn around and slap you with beautiful insights It's such a pleasure to read about our modern connected lives without it sounding like your grand mother is disappointed in you

  5. says:

    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 dimensio

  6. says:

    I recieved a free copy of this book in return for an honest review It's been a few months I've made many attempts to reach the end but have finally had to admit defeat this book really isn't for meA non fiction b

  7. says:

    Talk about 'waxy' This Scott dude can certainly stretch an idea He argues semi convincingly that digital devices and social media are the 4th dimension We're somewhere else when we're really here Or vice versa or something “Social mediamakes a moment four dimensional by scaffolding it with simultaneity such that it exists in multiple places at once” xv But he also gives an example of writing a postcard doing the same thing s

  8. says:

    As a piece of philosophical and critical writing this book has its flaws As a piece of entertaining commentary on daily d

  9. says:

    Scott deeply understands the internet and wastes few words on empty ideas and covers vast ground accessible from his Comparative Literature PhD and broad artistic interests Carefully choose descriptive words and ob

  10. says:

    A sort of phenomenology of the networked self Digressive literary clever Scott does a better job than almost any other book I've read and I've read a few recently on capturing the uncanny elements of our social media world the experience of being online This isn't a screed or a pep rally Scott's tone as he discusses the various str

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