The Untangling the Web project began at the end of 2010, when my editor at The Observer, the head of digital at The Guardian and I came together to dream up a way to communicate the science behind the virtual revolution.
At its heart was an online reporter’s notebook where I would collect the latest evidence behind any transformations in our psychologies and our sociologies that I found along the way. We chose to use Tumblr as an experiment, because it was an easy-to-update and flexible platform that would feed into the Untangling the Web homepage on guardian.co.uk. In almost every way, this was more important than the 900-word summary I wrote every fortnight for the Sunday paper. It is where I interpreted what was science knows, in one handy place, for everyone to see.
This Tumblog also became the resource I relied on and added to when re-interpreting the columns into the Untangling the Web book.
So thank you, Tumblr faithful, for watching the process unfold.
For your participation in the process, from Monday 15 July until Monday 2 September, people using code UTW07FG can get Untangling the Web for £6.50 per copy, saving 50% off RRP, at the Guardian Bookshop. You can also order over the phone by calling 0330 333 6846.
our digital shadows will become our marks of trust and reliability; to have none will be a sign that we have something we’re ashamed of, something to hide.
Tom Chatfield quotes Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You in his BBC Future column in June, On Prism, privacy and personal data.
“The technology is a McGuffin; it’s the place where people can dump their fears about the social change that’s happening anyway. The technology is simply a reflection of who we are at the start of the 21st century.”
Find out more about why we should blame society, not the Internet in his coverage of Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You, Technological change: The net effect.
‘”Home” isn’t made of bricks and mortar, grass and mud, wood and straw’, writes Krotoski in the book. “It is a de-physicalised, conceptual and psychological phenomenon. Technology is now an essential part of that. But once we grasp that distinction between the house and the emotional component that surrounds the most intimate part of our lives, we can see that the web can be just as much a home as the place we lay our heads.”
From an interview about Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You, for Libertine. Debbi dug into the domesticity chapter, asking great questions about intimacy, public vs private spaces, family, and shared memory - asking difficult an excellent questions!