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The Blind Giant, By Nick Harkaway
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Saturday 12 January 2013
Single-minded militants and diehard foes alike often shout the loudest about revolutions. Those extreme reactions make this balanced, humane and well-informed account of "how to survive in the digital age" even more valuable.
Harkaway is a qualified optimist on new technology and social media, although he points to potential abuse by states and corporations.
Above all, at this "High Baroque" moment of digital culture, he calls for a humanistic response to change that puts people not machines in charge.
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