Hulick's title takes a step back and demands pause to inquire about how the Internet is changing society, especially for the audience that grew up in the digital age and knows nothing else. Each of the five chapters investigates the changes this technology has brought to relationships, society, information, and identity, offering a balanced approach in the questioning of our digital trajectory. For as short as the title is, readers can find paragraphs on bullying, retail, crime, revolutions, and data breaches that simply state the varying degrees to which digitization has altered society, while also considering the inequities and censorship that are the byproducts of our information being so readily accessible. The concise chapters and prompt paragraphs swiftly expound relevant information, giving teen researchers ample room for further analysis. Where necessary, Hulick also provides statistics, court cases, and additional articles to pique interest. Even the paragraph titles offer a provocative entry point, like "The End of Truth," and "Hiding behind Emoticons." Whether including specific stories or talking in generalities, the book covers a large amount of uncomfortable content while also making room for further exploration. Overall, this new title captures the explosive use and implications of the Internet, and posits the value of monitoring how it is transforming society. This title should be in every school library collection.
How the Digital Revolution is Changing Society
Author(s): Kathryn Hulick
Publisher: Reference Point Press
Copyright Year: 2019
Reviewer: Alicia Abdul
Rating: Highly Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): 6-12
Review Date: January 1, 2019
Digital technology now connects people to each other and to all the world's information everywhere, at all times. This is changing the way people meet each other, fall in love, find jobs, learn new skills, take in news and entertainment, and build personal identities. Learn what these changes mean for society now and in the future.
Media Type: Book, eBook
# Pages: 80