A revelatory portrait of the human existence in the digital age.
We are four-dimensional humans. A constellation of everyday digital phenomena is rewiring our inner lives, increasingly coaxing us from our three-dimensional physical boundaries into a wonderful and eerie fourth dimension, in which there is no stable border between our digital experience and our corporeal one. 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?
Laurence Scott -- hailed as a ''new generation thinker'' by the BBC -- shows how four-dimensional life is dramatically changing us by redefining our social lives and by extending the limits of our presence in the world. Blending tech philosophy and high-low erudition, Scott stands with a rising generation of social critics hoping to understand our new digital landscape. His virtuosic debut is a revelatory and original exploration of life in the digital age.
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Laurence Scott's essays and criticism have appeared in the Guardian, the Financial Times, and the London Review of Books, among other publications. A lecturer in English and creative writing, he lives in London.
“Scott’s writing is exceptionally fine, and his cultural range extravagant... An astounding debut.”
- Sunday Times, Thought Book of the Year
“"With his joyful phrase-making and sharp eye for the follies and absurdities of wired life, Scott would be the perfect investigator to report back on what it feels like to be... uploaded."”
- Will Self, Guardian
“A probing and elegant meditation on the digital world’s ‘ways of being.’ Beyond the lovely precision of its diction and companionable voice, it is notable for its courage to write from inside the ambiguities and confusions of online life, to resist the easy pleasures of summary judgement.”
- New Statesman
“[The Four-Dimensional Human] is carefully crafted and eloquently written. . . A valuable book that brings a fresh perspective to the topic of life online and offline.”
- Jennifer Golbeck, Science
“Adds immeasurably to the burgeoning literature on what social media do to our innermost lives, relationships, and stance towards the world. [Scott] doesn’t travel on main roads―the familiar worries about technology―but rather on hidden byways marked by imagination and metaphor, where data cannot follow.”
- Carol Tavris, Times Literary Supplement
- Dane Carr, Booklist
“[An] elegant meditation.”
“[A] rich phenomenology of living in the digital age and its radical reshaping of fundamental human experiences... Scott’s sharp eye for irony and great wit make this debut a lively contribution to the conversation about the effects of the Internet on society.”
- Publishers Weekly
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