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	Greetings from Delivers Cyberculture 
	Editors, Julian Dibbell and Brooke Gilbert
	* Just off the Presses: $ + media = bad mojo, a nation of
	  "little brothers," uncovering the networked world
	* What's Hot? Cyberculture bestsellers at press time: "Code
	  and Other Laws of Cyberspace," "Faster," "User Friendly"
	* Recommended Reading: "Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea"
	* Almost Published: Books that are selling before they've
	  even been printed
	* Featured Interview: Mary Modahl of Forrester Research 
	"Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times"
	by Robert W. McChesney
	A noted historian of the early broadcasting age, Robert
	McChesney turns his gaze to the present in this impassioned,
	deeply researched critique of the state of communications in
	America and around the globe. The increasingly tightfisted
	corporate control of publishing, television, and radio is,
	in McChesney's unabashedly left-wing view, one of the
	leading threats to true, robust democracy in the world
	today. Even the Internet, he argues in "Rich Media, Poor
	Democracy," is falling under the sway of the conglomerates
	faster than its democratic potential can be realized. His
	idea of a remedy (increased funding for nonprofit journalism
	and tighter regulation of corporate media) may not suit you,
	but his sharp, stimulating analysis is hard to dismiss.
	"Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the 21st Century" 
	by Simson Garfinkel
	Forget the common cold for a moment. Instead, consider the
	rise of "false data syndrome," a deceptive method of
	identification derived from numbers rather than more
	recognizable human traits. Simson Garfinkel couples this
	idea with concepts like "data shadow" and "datasphere" in
	"Database Nation," offering a decidedly unappealing scenario
	of how we have overlooked privacy with the advent of
	advanced technology. According to Garfinkel, "technology is
	not privacy neutral." It leaves us with only two choices: 1)
	allow our personal data to rest in the public domain or 2)
	become hermits (no credit cards, no midnight video jaunts--
	you get the point).
	"The Internet Edge: Social, Legal, and Technological
	Challenges for a Networked World"
	by Mark J. Stefik
	It's hard enough keeping up with today's advances in
	technology without worrying about tomorrow's--but that's
	always where the action is. Xerox PARC scientist Mark Stefik
	gets paid to think about and act on future technology, and
	his fascinating, enjoyable report, "The Internet Edge,"
	shows us what we're becoming as our information technology
	gets more ubiquitous and transparent. Suits and nerds alike
	will love his pragmatic, brainstorming style that reaches
	back into our technological history to make sense of the
	road ahead. Chapters cover portability, digital commerce,
	publishing, privacy, and more, examining changes in the
	breadth of our social experience as well as our work lives.
	At the top of this month's Cyberculture bestseller list are
	a study in cyberspace privacy, a fast-paced foray into our
	fast-paced lives, and a joke book for techies.
	"Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace" 
	by Lawrence Lessig
	Everyone knows that cyberspace is a wild frontier that can't
	be regulated, right? Everyone is wrong, and that's why we
	should all read Harvard Law prof (and famous Microsoft trial
	expert) Lawrence Lessig's eye-opening, jaw-dropping book
	"Code," the best guide yet to the future that's heading our
	way like a frictionless freight train. For such an
	analytical book, it's also anecdote-studded and utterly fun
	to read.
	"Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything" 
	by James Gleick
	Never in the history of the human race have so many had so
	much to do in so little time. That, anyway, is the
	impression most of us have of civilized life at the turn of
	the millennium, and "Faster" only sharpens it. Elegantly
	composed and insightfully researched, "Faster" delivers a
	brisk volley of observations on how microchips, media, and
	economics, among other things, have accelerated the pace of
	everyday experience over the course of the manic 20th
	"User Friendly" 
	by J.D. Illiad Frazer
	Yes, it's a cliche, but it's true enough to be worth
	repeating: "User Friendly" is to the open-source world what
	Dilbert is to the swarming hives of Windows cubicles. Set in
	an ISP company that keeps getting bought and sold, the
	constant remains a team of cynical, hilarious
	techies. M.B.A.s and marketers drift in and out, as do CEOs,
	often making statements like, "I can't surf the Web. I think
	the Internet is broken." For anyone who's dealt with similar
	situations, "User Friendly" is the ultimate in-joke.
	Explore our top 50 computer titles, updated weekly:
	The seemingly impossible Zen task--writing a book about
	nothing--has a loophole: people have been chatting,
	learning, and even fighting about nothing for millennia. 
	"Zero," by noted science writer Charles Seife, starts with
	the story of a modern battleship stopped dead in the water
	by a loose zero, then rewinds back to several hundred years
	BCE. Some empty-headed genius improved the traditional
	Eastern counting methods immeasurably by adding zero as a
	placeholder, which allowed the genesis of our still-used
	decimal system.
	Cyberculture guides that have garnered the most orders from customers--before they've even been published.
	"The Robot in the Garden: Telerobotics and Telepistemology
	in the Age of the Internet"
	edited by Ken Goldberg
	Publication date: March 24
	The 17 essays collected in "The Robot in the Garden" are by
	leading notables in the philosophy, art, history, and
	engineering arenas and are organized into three sections:
	Philosophy; Art, History, and Critical Theory; and
	Engineering, Interface, and System Design. Among the
	theories explored in this text are telerobotics and
	telepistemology (the study of knowledge acquired at a
	"Age of Access: How the Shift from Ownership to Access Is
	Transforming Capitalism"
	by Jeremy Rifkin
	Publication date: March 27
	Jeremy Rifkin, author of "The End of Work," has argued that
	computers, robotics, telecommunications, and biotechnologies
	are quickly replacing humans in most facets of our everyday
	lives. "Age of Access" examines how "new technologies are
	eliminating the concepts of 'property' and 'ownership' from
	our lives," how we make transactions, and how we're
	replacing physical property with "access-providers."
	In "Now or Never," Mary Modahl of Forrester Research
	examines the challenges that companies--both traditional and
	dot-com--must overcome in their adoption of e-commerce. 
	According to Modahl, successful companies must understand
	what compels Internet consumers to go online and at the same
	time master the new, and often counterintuitive, business
	models made possible by the Net. Modahl recently spoke with's Harry Edwards. She began the interview
	discussing what she means by technographics, which Forrester
	Research has been studying for several years.
	You'll find more great books, articles, excerpts, and
	interviews in's Computers & Internet section at
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