¿Por qué todos asumimos sin dudar que la nueva economía de internet será nuestra salvación y que la crisis actual es el paso indispensable hacia un nuevo paradigma? Cuando parece que todas las respuestas las tenga Google, Andrew Keen pone encima de la mesa los peligros de internet y trata temas como la falta de privacidad y el gran poder de los datos que en este momento están fuera de control. También reflexiona sobre el modelo de sociedad que ha creado internet, una sociedad narcisista y desigual en la que es más importante el momento que la reflexión, la imagen que la persona, el avatar que la realidad.
Author: Andrew Keen
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
"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." —Larry Downes, author of The Killer App In Digital Vertigo, Andrew Keen presents today's social media revolution as the most wrenching cultural transformation since the Industrial Revolution. Fusing a fast-paced historical narrative with front-line stories from today's online networking revolution and critiques of "social" companies like Groupon, Zynga and LinkedIn, Keen argues that the social media transformation is weakening, disorienting and dividing us rather than establishing 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 that the more electronically connected we become, the lonelier and less powerful we seem to be.
Author: Pierre Lemaitre
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Upon winning the prestigious 2013 Crime Writers Association International Dagger Award, the judges praised Alex by saying, "An original and absorbing ability to leash incredulity in the name of the fictional contract between author and reader... A police procedural, a thriller against time, a race between hunted and hunter, and a whydunnit, written from multiple points of view that explore several apparently parallel stories which finally meet." Alex Prevost--kidnapped, savagely beaten, suspended from the ceiling of an abandoned warehouse in a tiny wooden cage--is running out of time. Her abductor appears to want only to watch her die. Will hunger, thirst, or the rats get her first? Apart from a shaky eyewitness report of the abduction, Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven has nothing to go on: no suspect, no leads, and no family or friends anxious to find a missing loved one. The diminutive and brilliant detective knows from bitter experience the urgency of finding the missing woman as quickly as possible--but first he must understand more about her. As he uncovers the details of the young woman's singular history, Camille is forced to acknowledge that the person he seeks is no ordinary victim. She is beautiful, yes, but also extremely tough and resourceful. Before long, saving Alex's life will be the least of Commandant Verhoeven's considerable challenges. A 2013 Financial Times Book of the Year Shortlisted for the 2014 RUSA Reading List Horror Award From the Hardcover edition.
Riding the Bullet
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
From international bestseller Stephen King the first ebook ever published—a novella about a young man who hitches a ride with a driver from the other side. Riding the Bullet is “a ghost story in the grand manner” from the bestselling author of Bag of Bones, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and The Green Mile—a short story about a young man who hitches a ride with a driver from the other side.
Finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction: “Nicholas Carr has written a Silent Spring for the literary mind.”—Michael Agger, Slate “Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. As he describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by “tools of the mind”—from the alphabet to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer—Carr interweaves a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuroscience by such pioneers as Michael Merzenich and Eric Kandel. Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. The technologies we use to find, store, and share information can literally reroute our neural pathways. Building on the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan, Carr makes a convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethic—a set of assumptions about the nature of knowledge and intelligence. He explains how the printed book served to focus our attention, promoting deep and creative thought. In stark contrast, the Internet encourages the rapid, distracted sampling of small bits of information from many sources. Its ethic is that of the industrialist, an ethic of speed and efficiency, of optimized production and consumption—and now the Net is remaking us in its own image. We are becoming ever more adept at scanning and skimming, but what we are losing is our capacity for concentration, contemplation, and reflection. Part intellectual history, part popular science, and part cultural criticism, The Shallows sparkles with memorable vignettes—Friedrich Nietzsche wrestling with a typewriter, Sigmund Freud dissecting the brains of sea creatures, Nathaniel Hawthorne contemplating the thunderous approach of a steam locomotive—even as it plumbs profound questions about the state of our modern psyche. This is a book that will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.
In his new book, Microsoft chairman and CEO Bill Gates discusses how technology can help run businesses better today and how it will transform the nature of business in the near future. Gates stresses the need for managers to view technology not as overhead but as a strategic asset, and offers detailed examples from Microsoft, GM, Dell, and many other successful companies. Companion Web site.
Iniciación a Internet
Author: Myriam Gris
Publisher: Ediciones ENI
"Cada día más personas utilizan los servicios de Internet para buscar información, aprender, comunicarse (en directo o no), trabajar, comprar, jugar, etc. Este libro ayudará a los principiantes a mejorar el uso de los numerosos recursos disponibles en Internet. Después de una introducción a la red de redes y un recordatorio de las diferentes formas de conexión, aprenderá a utilizar un navegador (Internet Explorer 11, Firefox, Safari y Chrome) para desplazarse por la web, encontrar información de manera precisa utilizando el buscador Google o Bing y configurar su navegador para un uso óptimo. A continuación descubrirá los principales elementos técnicos que le facilitarán la comunicación con sus allegados: el correo electrónico (webmail de su proveedor de acceso a Internet, Outlook, la aplicación Correo de Windows 8.1 y Gmail). La siguiente parte del libro le permitirá familiarizarse con los medios sociales actuales: los foros, los mensajes instantáneos (o chat), la telefonía por Internet (Skype) y las redes sociales (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn y Viadeo). En una de las partes del libro se describe cómo descargar archivos para obtener legalmente imágenes, vídeos y música, así como los métodos para comprimir archivos y soluciones de almacenamiento online (en la nube) como Google Drive. La última parte está dedicada a la seguridad, con consejos para evitar situaciones de riesgo y proteger su ordenador de intrusiones (virus, troyanos, programas espía, etc.) En el anexo encontrará un glosario con los términos técnicos utilizados."--ENI Ediciones.
A Silicon Valley insider offers a provocative look at the dark side of the new digital revolution, Web 2.0, and its detrimental influence on modern-day culture, society, and business, explaining the devastating repercussions of this cult of the amateur and offering concrete solutions for countering its impact on modern life. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
El segundo en una serie organizada en un formato de preguntas y respuestas, este libro trata las principales preguntas que estudiantes, pastores y profesores hacen sobre cómo leer y comprender la Biblia. El libro se divide en cuatro partes: primeros pasos, acercamiento general a la Biblia, acercamiento a textos específicos y temas de debates recientes. Este formato accesible permite a los profesores utilizar este libro como un libro de texto y el alumno inquisitivo lo usará para comprender los temas que son más pertinentes para su estudio. Preguntas y respuestas sobre cómo interpretar la Biblia es de lectura obligada para todo estudiante que busca aumentar su conocimiento bíblico, y para el pastor que busca enseñar la Biblia de manera fiel. The second in the series organized around FAQs, 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible tackles the major questions that students, pastors and professors ask about reading and understanding the Bible. The book is divided into four parts: getting started, approaching the Bible generally, approaching specific texts, and issues in recent discussion. This accessible format allows teachers to utilize this as a textbook and the curious student to understand the issues which are most pertinent to their study. 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible will be essential reading for the student seeking to advance in biblical studies and for the pastor looking to teach the Bible with confidence.
Author: Nicholas G. Carr
Is Google making us stupid? When Nicholas Carr posed that question, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the Net s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? Now, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. As he describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries by tools of the mind from the alphabet to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer Carr interweaves a fascinating account of recent discoveries in neuroscience by such pioneers as Michael Merzenich and Eric Kandel. Our brains, the historical and scientific evidence reveals, change in response to our experiences. The technologies we use to find, store, and share information can literally reroute our neural pathways. Building on the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan, Carr makes a convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethic a set of assumptions about the nature of knowledge and intelligence. He explains how the printed book served to focus our attention, promoting deep and creative thought. In stark contrast, the Internet encourages the rapid, distracted sampling of small bits of information from many sources. Its ethic is that of the industrialist, an ethic of speed and efficiency, of optimized production and consumption and now the Net is remaking us in its own image. We are becoming ever more adept at scanning and skimming, but what we are losing is our capacity for concentration, contemplation, and reflection. Part intellectual history, part popular science, and part cultural criticism, The Shallows sparkles with memorable vignettes Friedrich Nietzsche wrestling with a typewriter, Sigmund Freud dissecting the brains of sea creatures, Nathaniel Hawthorne contemplating the thunderous approach of a steam locomotive even as it plumbs profound questions about the state of our modern psyche. This is a book that will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds."
Hadas, duendes, ángeles, demonios, fantasmas, vírgenes y extraterrestres: todo es real, existe y esta aquí, pero las hadas y los duendes no son seres mágicos, los ángeles y los demonios no son seres espirituales, los fantasmas no son espíritus de personas muertas, las vírgenes no son apariciones beatificas de entidades espirituales y los extraterrestres no son seres de otros mundos u otras dimensiones. La respuesta es una, es común, es lógica, es coherente y, más que eso, es escalofriante. Hadas, duendes, ángeles, demonios, fantasmas, vírgenes y extraterrestres: la historia humana está llena de historias cuyo hilo conductor es la interacción del ser humano con entidades de otras dimensiones, otros tiempos, u otros mundos. En este escenario cargado de visiones y apariciones, mensajes y misiones, encuentros y desencuentros, los grupos a favor y en contra de tales fenómenos no han hecho más que confundirse aun más con los variados argumentos sobre tales eventos. Pero ¿y si hubiera una explicación que resolviera todas las eventualidades, una mucho más simple pero, a la vez, más espeluznante? Antes de pretender abordar de manera aislada los diferentes portentos que salpican la historia de la humanidad, este libro analiza todos al mismo tiempo y establece características comunes que permiten descubrir sus orígenes.
Senior Leadership Teams
Author: Ruth Wageman, Debra A. Nunes, James A. Burruss, J. Richard Hackman
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
An organisation's fate hinges on its CEO—right? Not according to the authors of Senior Leadership Teams. They argue that in today's world of neck-snapping change, demands on leaders in top roles are rapidly outdistancing the capabilities of any one person - no matter how talented. Result? Chief executives are turning to their enterprise's senior leaders for help. Yet many CEOs stumble when creatinga leadership team. One major challenge is that senior executives often focus more on their individual roles than on the top team's shared work. Without the CEO's careful attention to setting the team up correctly, these high-powered managers often have difficulty pulling together to move their organisation forward. Sometimes they don't even agree about what constitutes the right path forward.The authors explain how to determine whether your organisation needs a senior leadership team. Then, drawing on their study of 100+ top teams from around the world, they explain how to create a clear and compelling purpose for your team, get the right people on it, provide structure and support, and sharpen team members' competencies - and your own. Timely and practical, this book enables you to create and sustain a leadership team whose members learn from one another while collaborating to pursue your company's objectives.
The Ghost Brigades
Author: John Scalzi
Publisher: Tor Books
The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms. The universe is a dangerous place for humanity—and it's about to become far more dangerous. Three races that humans have clashed with before have allied to halt our expansion into space. Their linchpin: the turncoat military scientist Charles Boutin, who knows the CDF's biggest military secrets. To prevail, the CDF must find out why Boutin did what he did. Jared Dirac is the only human who can provide answers -- a superhuman hybrid, created from Boutin's DNA, Jared's brain should be able to access Boutin's electronic memories. But when the memory transplant appears to fail, Jared is given to the Ghost Brigades. At first, Jared is a perfect soldier, but as Boutin's memories slowly surface, Jared begins to intuit the reason's for Boutin's betrayal. As Jared desperately hunts for his "father," he must also come to grips with his own choices. Time is running out: The alliance is preparing its offensive, and some of them plan worse things than humanity's mere military defeat... Old Man's War Series #1 Old Man’s War #2 The Ghost Brigades #3 The Last Colony #4 Zoe’s Tale #5 The Human Division #6 The End of All Things Short fiction: “After the Coup” Other Tor Books The Android’s Dream Agent to the Stars Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded Fuzzy Nation Redshirts Lock In The Collapsing Empire (forthcoming) At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Translated by Ephraim Fischoff With a new Foreword by Ann Swidler