Small Pieces Loosely Joined
A Unified Theory of the Web
The Web has not been hyped enough.
That’s the startling thesis of this one-of-a-kind book that’s has become a classic work of social commentary. Just as Marshall McLuhan forever altered our view of broadcast media, Weinberger shows that the new medium of the Web is not only altering social institutions such as business and government but, more important, is transforming bedrock concepts of our culture such as space, time, the public, and even reality itself.
Through stories of life on the Web, an insightful take on some familiar (and some unfamiliar) Web sites, and a wicked sense of humor, Weinberger puts the Web into the social and intellectual context we need to begin assessing its true impact on our lives. The irony, according to Weinberger, is that this new technology is more in tune with our authentic selves than is the modern world.
Funny, provocative, and ultimately hopeful, Small Pieces Loosely Joined makes us look at the Web—and at life—in a new light.
Published by Basic Books
Praise for Small Pieces Loosely Joined
For the brief and shining hours that I held this book in my hands, I believed that all was possible.
— Los Angeles Times
Good reading for fans of post-modern culture.
— Netsurfer Digest
Weinberger’s analysis is optimistic, full of enthusiasm for both the Web and human nature in general.
— National Journal.com