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Eastern Standard Tribe (Anglais) Broché – 8 juillet 2010

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book, read for the concepts 13 mars 2017
Par Matthew DeBoer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The book is more about concepts than character development. A kind of what if scenario about the future of how the web will integrate with out lives. Recommended if you like short one off books that make you think about the larger concepts the book is trying to convey
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A treat of a book that will open your eyes, keep you on the edge and inspire you, too 14 décembre 2015
Par Seth Godin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Cory Doctorow is one of the great living sci-fi masters, a futurist, a humanist and a humorist.

This book is classic Doctorow. In it he foretells our addiction to smart phones, the rise of connection and the industrialization of the copyright regimes.

It's impossible to put down, and if you haven't read it yet, I'm truly jealous.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 est-oundingly clever 3 avril 2008
Par Tanstaafl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book is really fast moving like the events and people it portrays. From a kid explaining theology to a priest to a Pinky & the Brain scenario of taking over the world (or at least a part of it), Doctorow's ideas flash by you.

While not overly techie there's enough thrown in to capture the feel, but us oldies, who remember when MS-DOS (look it up, kids) was new, are able to keep up.

I particularly enjoyed the intelligence that went into this. The unforced humor was the key to my liking it as much as I did. I've already ordered more of his books.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not crazy? Prove it. 23 mars 2011
Par Paul Mastin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This novel was a little disappointing, but the concepts and the framing of the story were terrific. The title of Eastern Standard Tribe hints at a cultural trend which I haven't seen, but surely is out there. People have always been drawn to affinity groups, based on common interests. The internet and social networks have enabled our social groups to become more and more specialized. So what if your specific interest group is centered in Hong Kong? Or Southern California? And you live in Texas? You can adjust your sleep schedule so that your waking hours line up with your group. The problem is the resulting sleep deprivation may effect your mental health; your circadian rhythms may never catch up. Such is the plight of Art. When his partner and girlfriend betray him and have him involuntarily committed to a mental hospital, he has a hard time proving he's not insane, since his sleep patterns have, in a way, driven him insane.

This theme of involuntary institutionalization struck a chord with me. It reminded me of the work of Thomas Szasz , who wrote The Myth of Mental Illnessand many other works, and Jeffrey Schaler, author of Addiction is a Choice. These two psychologists have written prolifically and profoundly against involuntary institutionalization. Art experiences the dilemma of involuntary institutionalization: there is no practical way to prove that one is not insane. While in the mental hospital, Art is kept drugged up and can't properly prove his sanity. Doctorow doesn't explicitly address this issue, per se, but the novel raises the question in an interesting way. The story starts with Art in the hospital, being driven crazy trying to prove that he's not crazy, then moves backwards to piece together how he got there.

Art provides the sci-fi requisite 3 patentable ideas himself. He is a user experience (UE) engineer, a phrase I was not previously familiar with. I thought it might originate with Doctorow. A Google search brings lots of hits, though. Apparently the concept, more commonly abbreviated UX or UXD (for user experience design), originated with Dr. Donald Norman, who expounded on UX in books such as User Centered System Design and Living with Complexity. Doctorow never explicitly references Norman, as best I can remember, but he fleshes out Norman's ideas through Art's work.

This is a fun, quick read, with some great ideas and surprises.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Raises a lot of Questions 4 avril 2013
Par Heather Pearson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow was my selection for my local book club read this month. It had been sitting on my shelf for over a year and I was still curious. The premise is that that people are divided by time zones. They don't have to live in a particular time zone to identify with it. With an online world, it is easy to work and socialize/game with people anywhere. The main character Art Berry identifies with the Eastern Standard (EST) time zone even though he is currently working in England. This constant time zone shifting tends to play havoc with peoples states of mind.

While Art is in London working for one company, he is actually an agent for the EST and trying to undermine the company's success as well as the standing of other tribes. All seems to be progressing well until he is involved in an automobile accident. He hits a pedestrian, Linda, and they both end up in the same hospital room. From that point on, their paths cross and intersect as they build a personal relationship. This turns out to be a major complication in his line of business.

Our book club had a lively conversation of this book. The concept of aligning yourself with people from different time zones was a bit far fetched. Yes, we admit that it does happen for the purpose of work meeting with distant staff and for online game playing, but to live your whole life with a shifted internal clock, nope, we didn't buy it. Only exception I came up with was those scientists studying the Mars Rover who set their hours by Mars time.

How widespread are these tribes. We all got the impression that it was not a global phenomenon, rather small groups of dissatisfied people who had banded together. Outside of these groups, the general population hadn't heard of them. One of the doctors in the hospital has no idea what Art was referring to. This brought us to question whether Art really did belong in the psychiatric hospital. oops, I didn't tell you about that, you'll have to read and find out how and why that happened. If he wasn't crazy, then was he just suffering the effects of resetting his internal clock due to his overseas travel.

This was another enjoyable book by Cory Doctorow, though I would have liked if the final chapters had been expanded. It seemed a rushed, that the developments could have been explored in more detail.
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