Webtopia: The worldwide wreck of tech and how to make the net work
Paperback | Jun 2019 | NewSouth | 9781742236353 | 288pp | 234x153mm | Forthcoming | GEN | AUD$32.99, NZD$39.99
Sydney in the 1970s and 1980s was a world of limited choice, one where we all watched the same television programs and the household phone was at the heart of all networks people belonged to: family, school, church and the neighbourhood. The arrival of the internet promised a utopian, creative and democratic future that would break down traditional institutions and replace them with exciting collaborative networks. So how did we end up here?
In Webtopia, Peter Lewis draws from his own pre- and post-tech experience and conversations with entrepreneurs, politicians, pastors, parents, teachers and journalists to show us that technology is not the problem. We are. If we fix our relationship with technology, it will be easier to fix our relationships with each other in a fragmenting world.
Riveting, engaging and wise, Webtopia traces our digital journey to
this point and, fearlessly, marks out the best route from here.
‘This book is an encounter with a born raconteur. This makes for a highly readable book, but it also reflects something more profound: that people power the web and modern tech is the embodiment of human genius, human folly and every human choice that lies in between.’ — Edward Santow, Australian Human Rights Commissioner