Hey audiobook fans! Over the next few weeks, you can download exclusive tracks of selections from Untangling the Web, read by yours truly. First up, the chapter about identity:
Sixteen years after Jennifer Ringley turned her camera on and became the iconic Jennicam, we now tell our Facebook friends when we’re single or engaged or hung over and hate our jobs at a rate of 30bn updates a month. We tell people when we’re out of the house and what we’ve bought, practically begging people to steal our stuff. We post private phone numbers in public places, tell anyone what we had for breakfast and share secrets about our friends with the rest of the world. Is the online population stuck in an infantile culture of attention seeking? Does the web give us an entirely new opportunity to steal, stalk and seduce, as we lay bare our whereabouts, feelings and interests for public consumption? Or are we now in the ultimate identity laboratory: a place where we can redefine who we are, who we were, and who we might become?
"Aleks Krotoski is a rare combination of academic (she has a PhD in psychology), geek, reporter and fluent essayist." - The Guardian
"Her combination of cautious academic rigour and geek-like enthusiasm makes a very valuable contribution to the debate" - Financial Times
From Thursday 5th December until Wednesday 18 December (last order date for Christmas), people using code UNTANGLING at theguardian.com/bookshop can get copies of Untangling the Web for £6.50, saving 50% off RRP.
The book’s also on sale at the Faber & Faber website, on UK Amazon or on US Amazon. Other territories are available too!