Being is Believing:
A Review of Nicholas Negroponte's Being Digital
TyAnna K. Herrington
Texas Tech University
A highly intercommunicating decentralized
structure shows far more resilience and
likelihood of survival. It is certainly
more sustainable and likely to evolve over
time" (Negroponte 158).
Nicholas Negroponte's Being Digital provides another welcome not
only into an age of technological ubiquity, but into a way of "being"
within technology. Negroponte's uncomplicated, personal tone fools the
reader into a sense that his theses are simplistic; however, while he makes
the difficult concepts of computer technology simple enough for a neophyte
to understand, he also provides readers with a multitude of clues for
finding their own "buried treasure" within a text that implies volumes
about technologically expandable human potential. It may be purposefully
that Negroponte makes simple the complex technological issues, while
mapping the difficulties of the human equation, because for many, the
technology seems a complication of bits and bytes, while the human issues
seem fairly straightforward. In looking at how technology impacts
humanity, Negroponte considers the societal issues that surround technology
and what it is and could be to actually "be digital."
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