Our digital environment seems constantly new, but this is not the first time a new medium has upset society with its possibilities and perils. Seven authors contribute 14 chapters on the digital phenomena of today, as seen through key themes of the European Renaissance. We seem to be dwelling in immaterial electronic worlds, but ironically, these become passports to increased engagement with the physical world. The Internet is a worldwide commons, but its success depends upon social structures and customs that are in flux. Our humanity is being displayed and augmented through the new media, throwing into question whether we are enhancing or detracting from our fundamental humanity. Finally, powerful institutions are being disrupted through digital means, a pattern as old as the Reformation and as new as this week.
Join our authors in investigating how today's digital society replays issues well explored during the European Renaissance of yesterday.