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"Digital Vertigo provides an articulate, measured, contrarian voice against a sea of hype about social media. As an avowed technology optimist, I'm grateful for Keen who makes me stop and think before committing myself fully to the social revolution." Ã¢ÂÂLarry Downes, author of The Killer App
InÃÂ Digital Vertigo, Andrew KeenÃÂ presents todayÃ¢ÂÂs social media revolution as the most wrenching cultural transformation since the Industrial Revolution. Fusing a fast-paced historical narrative withÃÂ front-line stories from todayÃ¢ÂÂs onlineÃÂ networking revolution and critiques ofÃÂ "social" companies like Groupon, ZyngaÃÂ and LinkedIn,ÃÂ Keen argues that the social media transformation is weakening, disorienting and dividing us rather than establishingÃÂ the dawn of a new egalitarian and communal age. The tragic paradox of life in the social media age, Keen says, is the incompatibility between our internet longings for community and friendship and our equally powerful desire for online individual freedom. By exposing the shallow core of social networks, Andrew Keen shows us thatÃÂ the more electronically connected we become, the lonelier and less powerful we seem to be.