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Being Digital  mixes text that explains simply the workings of complicated computer technology and that which challenges readers to consider the possibilities of human potential enabled by technology. Negroponte clarifies the concepts of bandwidth, "ether" (airwaves) vs. braided cable, fiber optic cable, and the general scheme of wireless vs. wired information transfer. He describes bit compression, information transfer speeds, high resolution television, video, and sound, and the concepts of pixels, multimedia, and virtual reality. In addition, Negroponte provides a framework for understanding the basics of the economic and legal parameters that affect information storage transfer and dissemination. He shows that often these parameters, rather than considered scientific focus, determine the choices we make in how and what kind of technology to assimilate into our daily lives.
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