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 could be. A completely engrossing exam of the Internet’s previous, current, and destiny” (Kirkus Reviews, starred assessment) from the best dwelling writers of English prose.

This booklet makes a daring declare: the web is between mankind’s nice masterpieces—a tremendous murals. As an concept, it competitors monotheism. yet its cultural capability and its societal influence usually elude us. during this deep and considerate e-book, Virginia Heffernan finds the good judgment and aesthetics at 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 worldwide incarnation rewards yes virtues. the hot medium favors pace, accuracy, wit, prolificacy, and flexibility, and its shape and capabilities are altering how we understand, adventure, 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 offers “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 come back clear of this publication with out sharing a few of Heffernan’s awe for this courageous new international” (The Wall road Journal).

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