The Best Technology Writing 2009


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Edited by Steven Johnson

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“The ubiquity of the digital lifestyle has forced us to write and think about technology in a different way.”—Steven Johnson   


In his Introduction to this beautifully curated collection of essays, Steven Johnson heralds the arrival of a new generation of technology writing.  Whether it is Nicholas Carr worrying that Google is making us stupid, Dana Goodyear chronicling the rise of the cellphone novel, Andrew Sullivan explaining the rewards of blogging, Dalton Conley lamenting the sprawling nature of work in the information age, or Clay Shirky marveling at the “cognitive surplus” unleashed by the decline of the TV sitcom, this new generation does not waste time speculating about the future.  Its attitude seems to be: Who needs the future? The present is plenty interesting on its own.   


Packed with sparkling essays culled from print and online publications, The Best Technology Writing 2009 announces a fresh brand of technology journalism, deeply immersed in the fascinating complexity of digital life.

The Best Technology Writing 2009 includes essays written by:
Julian Dibbell
Dana Goodyear
Farhad Manjoo
David Talbot
Andrew Sullivan
Robin McKie
Dalton Conley
Nicholas Carr
The Onion
danah boyd
Joshua Davis
Clive Thompson
Elizabeth Kolbert
Dan Hill
Sharon Weinberger
Kevin Kelly
Luke O'Brien
Adam Stermbergh

and Clay Shirky

Steven Johnson is the author of six books, including the recent bestsellers The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, and Everything Bad Is Good for You. He writes for the New York Times Magazine, Wired, the Guardian, Discover, and other publications, and has made numerous appearances on Charlie Rose, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report. He lives in Brooklyn.



“A fascinating collection… these essays will certainly resonate with you for quite some time, encouraging you to discover some gems hidden in the crevices of the Internet”—Edward Valauskas, First Monday





"This is a fantastic series"—Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

"Kim Stanley Robinson said recently that we're all living in a science-fiction novel.  The essays is this excellent collection, edited by author Steven Johnson, explore how technology is shaping our lives."—The Guardian

"Chock full of great characters, ideas and passions."—Amanda Gefter, New Scientist

Johnson "does a fine job selecting the writing in this volume . . . . on the whole this is a very useful book."—William Kowinski, The North Coast Journal (Humboldt County, California)
ISBN: 9780300154108
Publication Date: October 6, 2009
240 pages, 5.5 x 8.5