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Far & Away: Places on the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, by Andrew Solomon

By Andrew Solomon

From the winner of the nationwide e-book Award and the nationwide Books Critics’ Circle Award—and probably the most unique thinkers of our time—a riveting selection of essays approximately areas in dramatic transition.

Far and Away collects Andrew Solomon’s writings approximately areas present process seismic shifts—political, cultural, and religious. Chronicling his stint at the barricades in Moscow in 1991, whilst he joined artists in resisting the coup whose failure ended the Soviet Union, his 2002 account of the rebirth of tradition in Afghanistan following the autumn of the Taliban, his insightful appraisal of a Myanmar seeped in contradictions because it slowly, fitfully pushes towards freedom, and plenty of different tales of profound upheaval, this ebook offers a distinct window onto the very notion of social switch. along with his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates either how heritage is altered by means of participants, and the way own identities are altered whilst governments alter.

A journalist and essayist of exceptional belief and prescience, Solomon captures the essence of those cultures. Ranging throughout seven continents and twenty-five years, some distance and Away takes an impressive trip into the guts of terribly assorted reports, but Solomon reveals a standard humanity at any place he travels. Illuminating the advance of his personal genius, his tales are regularly intimate and infrequently either humorous and deeply relocating.

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For young people in the digital age, there’s an extent to which this traditional bifurcation holds—but it is, in fact, a very limited extent. Digital Natives are certainly experimenting with multiple identities. Sometimes, they are recreating or amplifying aspects of their real-space identities when 0465005154-Palfrey:Layout 1 6/16/08 2:29 PM Page 35 IDENTITIES 35 they go online. 36 Or he or she may have a range of different online identities: one in MySpace, another in Facebook, one or more in World of Warcraft.

Between the Lions includes free, interactive games that involve kids in fun exercises related to reciting the alphabet, identifying synonyms, and other early steps toward literacy. It uses characters from the TV show of the same name. Parents like the games, too, because they come from a safe, credible source and help their kids learn to read. But there’s a catch: In order to play the games, Andy (or his mom, more likely) has to download a bit of software made by a big technology company, Adobe.

But there’s a catch: In order to play the games, Andy (or his mom, more likely) has to download a bit of software made by a big technology company, Adobe. Big technology companies, as we’ll see, hold enormous amounts of data about individuals. In the process of downloading the software, Andy’s mom is prompted to tell Adobe whether she is over eighteen or not and provide her name and her e-mail address. If she creates an account for Andy, another few entries in the Digital Native’s distributed digital file, held in another set of corporate hands, is born.

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