somewhat arbitrarily, to a few recent sources--both in paper and on the
net--that we've made use of. Some brief comments attached to the items
we found particularly interesting or helpful.
reading: general books about computers and the internet
Thought: The Computer Challenge to Human Intelligence, James Bailey
(1996, Basic Books)
From the jacket: 'Jim Bailey understands what makes the digital revolution
truly revolutionary. After Thought explains how computers are changing
not only what we do, but more importantly how we think and what we think
about. Bailey argues persuasively that new computational ideas are part
of a broader intellectual shift, producing new model and metaphors for
understanding the world around us'. Probably will interest most those
who are intrigued by questions of artificial intelligence.
to the Machine: Technophilia and its Discontents, Ellen Ullman (1997,
City Lights Books)
An interesting, pensive, and occasionally bleak memoir about a software
engineer who first began working with computers in the early 1970s.
the jacket: 'Her talent enables readers to explore intimately...one
of the biggest questions of our time: What is it about the numerical,
seemingly inhuman world of computing that holds such powerful, wholly
to the Flame: The Seductions of Computer Technology, Gregory J.E. Rawlins
(1996, The MIT Press)
An engrossing series of essays on the power and effect of digital technology.
Brilliantly written by an author with a grasp of the field and a gift
for telling stories. The book is also available entirely on the web,
on a well-designed site: http://www.obs-us.com/obs/english/books/rawlins/moths/
Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making, Adrian Johns
(1999, University of Chicago Press)
Every technology disrupts, some more than others. Intriguing, well written,
and massive, the author discusses the extraordinary changes provoked
by that now harmless ubiquitous object we call 'a book'. Have a look
at the author's web page, 'Ten Things You Didn't Know About Your Book':
Pearly Gates of Cyberspace,
Margaret Wertheim (1999, Virago Press)
Although occasionally a bit laboured
in her prose, the author nonetheless gamely tackles the linkages between
the mediaeval concept of interior spiritual space and the internet.
The amazon.co.uk web page gives more detail: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1860495273/026-9488167-3832223
2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age, Esther Dyson (1998,
An accessible, well-written overview of why the internet is a positive
force in the world, by a longtime professional in digital communication.
The publisher's web page about the book: http://www.release2-0.com/catalog/display.cgi?isbn=0767900111
'As Dyson makes clear, the digital society will bring profound shifts
in the balance of power between producers and consumers, governments
and citizens, the mass media and their audiences. Now the challenge,
and the opportunity, is for citizens to resolve these conflicts and
tradeoffs in their own public and private communities'.
Myth, Magic + Mysticism in the Age of Information, Erik Davis
(1999, Harmony Books)
A laudable attempt to deal with technology from a mystical rather than
rational point of view, but it ultimately fails in its objective. Worth
mining for the bits that relate to religion and community, although
it is very American-centric. The companion web site -- http://www.levity.com/techgnosis
-- offers extensive excerpts.
reading: starting out on the internet, guides to the internet
quite literally, hundreds of beginner's guides and how-to books on every
aspect of the internet: how to connect, how to choose a service provider,
how to do email, how to develop web pages...
that you visit your favourite bookshop and ask about the most popular
titles in the area that interests you. Or you might choose to visit one
of the online bookshops, such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and review
the titles and descriptions of books in this area. You won't have any
problem finding them.
exploration: Anglican-related sites on the internet
news on the internet
Anglicans Online has a roster of all the official sources, the church
newspapers online, and diocesan newspapers and magazines with web sites.
A good starting place for Anglican resources on the Net (This is
the largest and oldest Anglican web site, with 5,000+ links, updated
weekly). You can find links to everything from online versions of the
Books of Common Prayer to tips for developing good parish web sites.
domain anglican.org and how it will help you find information on the
Net about the Anglican Communion. http://anglican.org
online mailing lists
This URL gives you a roster of most Anglican-related mailing lists,
along with instructions for joining them--if you'd care to see what
online community is like. http://anglicansonline.org/resources/discuss.html
of England official web site
The church's official foray into explaining itself on the internet.
What do you think? http://cofe.anglican.org