Five books, many lessons.
My attempt at a “Five Books”. (#Day42)
The Five books model is a popular one.
It has been leveraged by authors abound. Quite simply, it is a Medium towards recommending Five books to read.
Whether you’re traveling, in an igloo, or in school, consider picking up one of these books next time you’re at the local library or on the omnipresent Amazon.com:
- Society of the Spectacle, by Guy Debord: This seminal work by Debord, a French philosopher and leader of “The Situationist” movement from the late 1960’s discusses how images intermediate relationships between people. The rise of movies, media, television, radio, and advertisement, to Debord, represents a much deeper shift away from reality. It’s a difficult read, and is written in aphorisms, but it’s worth it. A free version can be found in the link in the book’s title above.
- Who owns the future?, by Jaron Lanier: The internet is undergoing a shift, from advertisement based to rewards based. Meaning, instead of having to suffer through advertisements, the web will be a place where people tip one another 5–10 cents in micro-payments for content they produce. Basically, if you post something interesting or funny, you should be rewarded for that! There’s also great discussion in here as to the role of money in our lives as well as the consequences of the centralization of information on company-owned servers.
- The Fifth Discipline, by Peter Senge: Unique terms such as “Mental Models”, “The Parable of the Boiling frog” and “the cure can be worse than the disease” are explained in detail and with powerful insights. This is a philosophical book about organizational theory and systems, and how to optimize human systems to work together best.
- Post-Capitalist Society, by Peter Drucker: Detailing and dissecting the role of technology on communities, families, and society, Drucker presents fascinating theories around the future of employment markets, education, and economics. There are great philosophical business insights sprinkled in. Ducker also explains the divisive problems that exist between developing and developed nations in accessing information and capital to develop new projects.
- Fever Pitch, by Nick Hornby: My personal favorite soccer book is also regarded as one of the best sports books of all time. Well known author Nick Hornby recounts his lifetime as an Arsenal fan, from the 1960’s onward. It’s a very easy read and is written in the form of small, 5–6 paragraph stories around each gameday or other experience where the club was tied to his life. An entertaining browse.
Has anyone paged through any of these before??
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