Sunday, March 27, 2011

Book Review: Best of Technology Writing 2010

The Best Technology Writing 2010 is a collection of essays republished from other publications.

The editor, Julian Dibbell, is a contributing editor at Wired, and that should give you an idea of both the type of content selected, one one of which could appear as a wired feature (or already has). This is either good or bad, depending on your perspective.

Some of the fare I found either not to my taste, or at the very least not worthy of the "best technology writing of 2010" title. (e.g. I found Evan Ratliff's 'Vanish' piece from Wired was more sensational than insightful, and Vanessa Grigoriadis's piece on Facebook and privacy/data ownership was passable but not nearly forward thinking enough.)

Still, there are more than a few good pieces in there that make the book a worthy read. My personal favorites were Clay Shirky's piece on the future of newspapers, David Carr's piece on media, and Anne Trubek's piece on the decline of handwriting. Also, while Joshua Bearman's piece on indie games has little to offer for those working in the industry and familiar with the space, it's a nice introductory piece to the indie movement for friends, family, or that clueless exec you are looking to enlighten.

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