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Scott deeply understands the internet, and wastes few words on empty ideas, and covers vast ground accessible from his Comparative Literature PhD and broad artistic interests Carefully choose descriptive words and obscure yet appropriate metaphors and examples, this book often sent me to google for erudition, and never wasted my curiosity.Best moments are countless, including Duschamps Toilet Timescales as Porn Proust Dorian Grey Flatland, and several personal brushes with death.I couldn t read this book without a 4D world, because so much context I didn t know Also it s better on an ereader so many quotes and comments and ideas to keep track of Exhibit A on why academic study of English is valuable is Intensely challenging read, and I am unable to Justice to it in any short review Through making parallels in our shared deep knowledge of things Internet, Scott taught me our rich heritage of literary and artistic gold This book may be timeless, a precious time capsule of this literary century and the generation that came of age just as the internet and mobile were born. I recieved a free copy of this book in return for an honest review It s been a few months I ve made many attempts to reach the end but have finally had to admit defeat, this book really isn t for me.A non fiction book written in highly styled prose is an interesting concept, but such a book needs to retain the essential elements of expertise or insight I just didn t find that here.Great read for style, but sadly the content was just not to my taste. FREE ♀ The Four-Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World ♄ A Constellation Of Everyday Digital Phenomena Is Rewiring Our Inner Lives, Argues Laurence Scott We Are Increasingly Coaxed From The Third Dimensional Containment Of Our Pre Digital Selves Into A Wonderful And Eerie Fourth Dimension, A World Of Ceaseless Communication, Instant Information And Global ConnectionOur Portals To This New World Have Been Wedged Open, And The Silhouette Of A Figure Is Slowly Taking Shape But What Does It Feel Like To Be Four Dimensional How Do Digital Technologies Influence The Rhythms Of Our Thoughts, The Style And Tilt Of Our Consciousness What New Sensitivities And Sensibilities Are Emerging With Our Exposure To The Delights, Sorrows And Anxieties Of A Networked World And How Do We Live In Public, With These Recoded Private Lives Tackling Ideas Of Time, Space, Isolation, Silence And Threat How Our Modern Day Anxieties Manifest Online And Moving From Hamlet To The Ghosts Of Social Media, From Seinfeld To The Fall Of Gaddafi, From Twitter Art To Oedipus, The Four Dimensional Human Is A Highly Original And Pioneering Portrait Of Life In A Digital Landscape The introduction alone is worth the price of admission I feel like sometimes he gets a little carried away in his grand and super verbose similes and references, but then he ll turn around and slap you with beautiful insights It s such a pleasure to read about our modern, connected lives without it sounding like your grand mother is disappointed in you. As a piece of philosophical and critical writing this book has its flaws As a piece of entertaining commentary on daily digital interaction it is hugely effective Scott adopts a fairly systematic approach early on He reminisces about some piece of pop culture trivia or literary moment and then finds a way to use it as a metaphorical entry into the changing themes of his study He zips along from tennis, to Oscar Wilde, via 80s children s TV and a late and ineffective use of the desert as spiritual and geographical analogue for the emptiness of modern digital existence Whilst this tactic is repetitive once you notice it, it remains an entertaining and often hilarious way to examine the mediated situation we find ourselves in Also as a Gothic scholar I enjoy Scott s own approach to the Internet as an inherently spooky place I d recommend the book for anyone with any interest in digital humanities, contemporary philosophy It is heavily weighted towards a literary analysis of the Internet, and this is no bad thing But if you are looking for a detailed, technical examination of human digital interaction then this is not the book for you Scott paints with very broad strokes, but he creates a hugely enjoyable, and consistently non judgemental vision of our overly technologised present. Talk about waxy This Scott dude can certainly stretch an idea He argues, semi convincingly, that digital devices and social media are the 4th dimension We re somewhere else when we re really here Or vice versa or something Social media makes a moment four dimensional by scaffolding it with simultaneity, such that it exists in multiple places at once xv But he also gives an example of writing a postcard doing the same thing, so isn t it any distraction removing you from the present The text is devoid of non self reference I ve not read an author so entirely consumed by himself and his own thoughts since, maybe, Henry David Thoreau Scott seems to only make comparisons to his own experiences It s a great book if you re in his family DNF d.Though this isn t one of them, you can find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes, Books for Dudes, the online reader s advisory column for men from Library Journal. Scott deeply understands the internet, and wastes few words on empty ideas, and covers vast ground accessible from his Comparative Literature PhD and broad artistic interests Carefully choose descriptive words and obscure yet appropriate metaphors and examples, this book often sent me to google for erudition, and never wasted my curiosity.Best moments are countless, including Duschamps Toilet Timescales as Porn Proust Dorian Grey Flatland, and several personal brushes with death.I couldn t read this book without a 4D world, because so much context I didn t know Also it s better on an ereader so many quotes and comments and ideas to keep track of Exhibit A on why academic study of English is valuable is Intensely challenging read, and I am unable to Justice to it in any short review Through making parallels in our shared deep knowledge of things Internet, Scott taught me our rich heritage of literary and artistic gold This book may be timeless, a precious time capsule of this literary century and the generation that came of age just as the internet and mobile were born. I very much enjoyed reading this book, but whenever I talk about it, I feel the need to reserve myself The Four Dimensional Human explores the ways in which digital networks have changed our ways of living and being in the world a highly worthwhile subject, imho Laurence Scott uses the pop academic s medley of sociological, mythological, literary, and crit theoretical lenses to examine our modern fascinations and to subsume our behaviors into conceptual frameworks, all snugly fitted into his rollicking prose He treats his subject with a commendably refreshing lightness of touch he s sad without dourness, hopeful without zealotry his analytical discussion is suffused with a gentle mood that only on occasion approaches melodrama My beef with The Four Dimensional Human, and with books of its kind, is that sometimes the desire to understand our behaviors to analyze, typify, and conceptualize eclipses the behaviors themselves This work contains plenty under supported theories and intuitive leaps, and that disappoints me, as I feel the topic really, how do we live well, given the circumstances merits the best our thought has to offer I understand the limits of the genre, and I also understand that enthusiasm and market pressure encourage us to jump to conclusions It s enthusiasm that would lead me to gush over The Four Dimensional Human s relevance and timeliness, but when I think, instead, about the depth and prescience of Umberto Eco s Chronicles of a Liquid Society, which deals with similar topics, I know that we can do much better. This is a difficult book to write about and very hard to describe It s basically a study of how networked life , ie 24 7 connection to the internet and social media and the ability to constantly communicate across almost all physical borders, has transformed the human experience, and what that means for us But it s a sprawling sort of book that goes in loads of different directions, rather than presenting a single argument If this sounds a bit incoherent, it sometimes can be, yet Scott s writing is so beautiful it barely matters It s an academic thesis written like a novel Pop culture references are woven in very naturally and nothing about it feels gimmicky I m not a big non fiction reader, but this really grabbed me Possibly to be continued expanded later The Four Dimensional Human invites us to think about how digitization has changed our lives It s not a book about dooms day warnings of how technology will ruin us, but rather, gently nudges us to think about what it means to be connected to the cloud at all times What does it mean for our sense of a body, when we are constantly bodiless on the net What meanings do space and place have, when I can be where you are with the click of a button or a swipe on a screen Scott s writing style combines a strong background in literature with metaphorical language and anecdotes into a narrative that is engaging, witty, and recognizable It s not an academic work, nor is it, in my opinion, truly a work of popular non fiction It s straddled somewhere in between, in a comfortable and confident way.