The Digital Turn: How the Internet Transforms Our Existence

How can we survive in a world of smartphones, tablets, Facebook and Twitter? In about 20 years time a digital revolution has taken place. Almos without noticing it, we are causing major changes in our living environment. CELSTEC’s Wim Westera, professor Digital Media, describes in his book ‘The Digital Turn: How the Internet Transforms Our Existence’ the consequences of the digital revolution for man and society.

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Is our 100.000 year old brain capable to adampt itself to these new circumstances? What’s the meaning of these developments for concepts like friendship, identity, closeness, cognition? What is the worth of knowledge if all the answers can be found with a mouse click? In his book The Digital Turn Westera goes into these and other questions. The book offers an accessible means for attaining a better understanding of the ways digital media influence our existence. It is a compact guide to becoming media literate and to preparing us for the advanced digital services that are yet to come. This makes the book an indispensable aid for every twenty-first century citizens.


Wim Westera is professor Digital Media at CELSTEC. He graduated as a natural scientist at Utrecht University. After a stay with the BBC he made dozens of films and television programmes. At the Open Universiteit he specialized in educative simulations, multimedia, e-learning and serious gaming.

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