Cyber Nation: How the Digital Revolution Is Changing Society: ISBN 978-1-68282-469-6/ eBook: 978-1-68282-470-2
School Library Connection, Jan/Feb 2019
Hulick's title takes a step back and demands pause to inquire about how the Internet is changing society, especially for the audience that grew up in the digital age and knows nothing else. Each of the five chapters investigates the changes this technology has brought to relationships, society, information, and identity, offering a balanced approach in the questioning of our digital trajectory. For as short as the title is, readers can find paragraphs on bullying, retail, crime, revolutions, and data breaches that simply state the varying degrees to which digitization has altered society, while also considering the inequities and censorship that are the byproducts of our information being so readily accessible. The concise chapters and prompt paragraphs swiftly expound relevant information, giving teen researchers ample room for further analysis. Where necessary, Hulick also provides statistics, court cases, and additional articles to pique interest. Even the paragraph titles offer a provocative entry point, like “The End of Truth,” and “Hiding behind Emoticons.” Whether including specific stories or talking in generalities, the book covers a large amount of uncomfortable content while also making room for further exploration. Overall, this new title captures the explosive use and implications of the Internet, and posits the value of monitoring how it is transforming society. This title should be in every school library collection.
Alicia Abdul, Librarian, Albany (New York) High School