Your Computer is on Fire

editors:Thomas S. Mullaney, Benjamin Peters, Mar Hicks, and Kavita Philip (2021)
date read:31 October 2021
rating:★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This book is a series of essays about technology and computing, contradicting the myth of a technological utopia, and discussing the inequality and marginalisation caused by the current tech industry. It’s a powerful collection which doesn’t pull its punches.

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Each essay is thoroughly researched, with extensive references and details. This did make the book a bit of a slog to read – it’s an academic tome, not bedtime reading – and I expect any re-read would be skimming based on my notes, not going cover-to-cover again.

I took a lot of notes which I’ll surely refer to again; I’d recommend to anybody working in tech.

I found out about this book via Twitter; I follow Mar Hicks and Thomas Mullaney, and I saw them talking about it around the time of the book’s launch. Reading a book within half a year of publication – that must be some sort of record!

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