Optimists and Pessimists on the Net

Over the past year a number of books have been published exploring various phenomena concerning the rise of ubiquitous computing. I’ve read a number of them. Whilst I don’t consider the debate to be an either or or simplification there is some use in this article which categorises those publications in terms of whether their views of the rise of the net are positive or negative. What book would I write? Well certainly one which looks at a global perspective rather than an Euro/US focus which seems to be one of the flaws of much of the writing I come across on the subject. And for balance, though not necessarily the most up-to-date, it’s difficult to beat Manuel Castells The Internet Galaxy.