For my birthday, my husband gave me the Book Riot Quarterly box, which included this book, along with The Word Exchange as a counterpoint. Whereas The Word Exchange focused on the dangers of technology and the importance of learning and remembering things the “old-fashioned” way, Smarter Than You Think talks about the bright side of technology.
I found this book fascinating, and I kept reading tidbits of information to my husband (he gets that a lot). Clive Thompson, the author, talks about how technology has impacted the way we connect with each other, the way we work, the way we learn, and the way we solve problems, and while he admits that some of these changes have been problematic, he focuses on the good that has come about. This is such a refreshing take on technology, especially the internet, which is so often derided for being mindless at best and harmful to our relationships and culture at worst (or possibly even capable of somehow transmitting diseases, *ahemWordExchangeahem*).
If you’re looking for something dry and technical, full of scientific studies and statistics, this is not your book. It is, however, an interesting look into the bright side of technology and our ever-growing connectedness, which I found heartening and informative.
Rating: Pretty Darn Good