Thought I’d share my latest Amazon purchases. A reflection on my state of mind…
iGo Stowaway Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard (bought at $27.99)
I’ve got so many mobile devices that this portable bluetooth keyboard would definitely come in handy. Got it at a sweet price!
“Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism” by Benedict Anderson (bought at $13.57)
I am trying to understand some of the preconceptions of societies, and this book on understanding “nationalism” is pretty awesome in framing how communities are created, sustained and exploited. I’ll compare this to user behavior online, based on specified demographic.
“The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order” by Samuel P. Huntington (bought at $10.88)
You’ll experience the how our civilizations differ, an entire gamut ranging from Western Democracy to Asian Confucianism. As an aside, have you seen this awesome political music video by DJ Spooky entitled “Stop the Clash of Civilizations“?
“The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom” by Yochai Benkler (bought at $13.60)
Finally… missing this would be blasphemy for social scientists. If you can’t afford it, here’s a free PDF version
“Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World” by Jack Goldsmith & Tim Wu (bought at $18.48)
Yup, as Lessig pointed out in CODE, the Internet has no “nature” since it’s largely a human construct. I’m now studying how the Internet is regulated by forces beyond the law.
If you’re interested in these books, might I recommend you checking out the “Participatory Culture Reading List” which I constantly update on Amazon. (Anyone know if we could collaborate on building these lists?)
I also realized that I have an Amazon Profile page as well (which has a Facebook-like activity newsfeed), so feel free to “friend” me if you’d like to trade recommendations.
UPDATE: WTF, I’ve spent the last hour or so trying to figure out how the Amazon Friends works. It seems to have social networking features, but I can’t even figure out how to respond to people who added me via my Amazon Profile. Anyone?