Books (1)

Social Economics / Globalization

“The McDonaldization of Society”                  

  by George Ritzer

Partlyabout McDonalds, its history and philosophy, it is a book that invites you to stop and think about where you are going before you actually get a chance to get there. McDonalds is not just a fast -food company –  it more and more becomes our way of life. We are taught to do everything faster, be more efficient, do not  waste time, use every resource. We are educated to  lead a standardized life. Yes, it is more efficient. But is that the  real purpose of it all ?

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 “The World is Flat –  A brief history of the Twenty-first century”

by Thomas Friedman

My first social economics book. I just found it on a table in the library, and then took it home.

The world is changing and technology makes all the difference.  Things that were unthinkable are increasingly becoming possible.  Globalization is an on-going  phenomenon that is both positive and not.  Yes, we do become more synchronized, more connected, we all have the chance to share our ideas , to show our originality. But in the process, aren’t we also becoming more alike , as languages, cultures and traditions converge?

Society is no longer what it used to be.  And soon, it won’t be what it is now.

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The Black Swan 

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  The impact of the Highly Improbable.

“The book focuses on the extreme impact of certain kinds of rare and unpredictable events (outliers) and humans’ tendency to find simplistic explanations for these events retrospectively, after the fact. This theory has since become known as the black swan theory. “( wiki)

I found it a bit difficult to read, as the terms were a bit too technical. Yet i lasted past the middle of it :)

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     Googlization of Everything (and why we should worry)

        by  Siva Vaidhyanathan

    It is about what one thinks it’s about. How the availability of data does not mean that we actually acces any of it. How nothing that we do is private anymore. How the world is changing and how we allow it to. And about Google as a company.

I only read half of it, and i do not think i will get back to it. Ideas started to repeat themselves, and the narration became a bit too heavy. Or maybe i just expected something else.

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    Freakonomics / Super-Freakonomics 

     by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner 

I find social economics a very interesting topic.   And while to some it  may be obvious that incentives are what drives human behaviour, both book 1 and 2 offer examples of such incentives that few people might have considered. The books also ask some interesting questions, like Does Good Parenting really matter? And, are humans  altruistic ? I could have said no  to the last one  immediately, but i had no idea that until recently, behavioral economics considered people as giving more than taking.

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 The Big Switch

by Nicholas Carr

It was actually a book that we had to read for a course, but i enjoyed it as it was similar to the other books of social economics ( or bla bla bla , as other people call them) books.

Yes, we are one of the last generations that know what it was like to stay at home in order to receive a phonecall, we are among the last ones to know what life was like before…. internet. Just like our ancestors knew what it was like before electricity. And yes, we now live in a completely different world.

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