am 1. Januar 2010
An enjoyably readable, well-researched introductory book on "digitalised" societies and the citizens growing up in(to) them,BORN DIGITAL addresses a broad range of relevant issues with the appropriate openness and encouraging optimism. It is thus a good starting point for those who seek clearer orientation about and within the digital world.
However, the authors tend to handle elementary concepts ("identity", "democracy", "creativity/art" etc.) rather lightly, so that important arguments and clashes remain - probably unintentionally - hidden. Likewise, the many sources from various disciplines suggested throughout the book do not wield as much influence as they ought to have, and the benefits of the survey's aspired "global" dimension cannot take full effect in the light of a strong focus on the USA and selected European countries.
Nevertheless, this comprehensive report clearly indicates the different kinds of problems that we, as a connected "global society" (and especially the parents the book is directed at), need to address - while, again, leaving a major question pending: Who and where is this global "we" that gets to bear such heavy responsibilities in this view?