Douglas Coupland, one of the world's biggest cultural brains, takes an inside look at the global company that keeps us connected, and wonders what all that connectivity is doing to our brains and our sense of ourselves as humans.
The incomparable Douglas Coupland reports from inside the corporate offices and science labs of Alcatel-Lucent, a globally influential business whose work is largely unknown to consumers. "Were it to vanish tomorrow," he writes, "our modern world would grind to a halt. The Internet would implode—your Internet would implode." Although his examination of the company is playful and fascinating in its own right, Coupland's account is driven by his thoughtful reflections on the larger cultural and sociological significance of the transformative information technology Alcatel works on: fiber wire, microprocessors, the Internet and mobile technologies. And by a larger meditation about what the Internet is doing to us as it relentlessly colonizes the planet—and our brains.
Like Coupland's best work, Kitten Clone is a wildly entertaining yet penetrating encounter with the technological and cultural forces that surround us. And also a surprising and unique exploration of a possible future.
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Alcatel-Lucent makes the “pipes” that connect us to the Internet, and Douglas Coupland wants to take us inside their world. The author and artist behind Generation X uses casual, lighthearted interviews to show us what the "plumbers of the Internet" are doing to advance and revolutionise the tech that keeps us online, but his book raises deeper questions about the future of work, curiosity, and connectivity. Part essay, part art project, and part speculative fantasy, Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent takes us on field trips to business parks in suburban New Jersey, Paris, Ottawa, and Shanghai. The book—a finalist for the 2015 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction—marries the entertainment value of The Office with thought-provoking questions about our vision for tomorrow’s world.