This is your notification.
Humanity is out of touch. And the touch screen is to blame. Ironic, isn't it? Every digital process, each social media exchange, takes us three steps forward and two steps back in connectivity.
We're inundated by an almost infinite number of systems, sensors, and syncs. It won't be long before our minds won't decode VR (Virtual Reality) from RL (Real Life). Our brains have been hacked, rewired toward the artificial.
We are logging-off mankind to enjoy man made. And, now, we face an identity crisis. How exactly are we to be in the world without being of the World Wide Web?
Hacked Minds challenges the reader to unplug from the matrix of cyberspace so we can understand what it is to be human again.
"We are exchanging our minds for the promise of endless convenience and unmatched accessibility," argues Rudko in this short, startling treatise on the ill effects of society's overreliance on digital technology. Rudko warns that digital technology is inhibiting creativity, encroaching upon privacy and freedom, and tearing families apart by eroding time together (he describes the average family dinner as a bunch people at table preoccupied by their devices). He urges readers to reflect critically about their own habits, designating such common behaviors as sleeping with one's phone next to the bed or checking it unprompted by a notification as red flags. His remedy is straightforward: people need to turn off and step away from their devices for at least part of the day. Though there's merit to some of his observations, his alarming tone detracts from his cause (on media manipulation: "The modification of our brains comes from such deceitful tactics, biased data coverage, and false stereotypes"). There are some good ideas, but many readers may find the overheated manner in which they are delivered off-putting. (BookLife)