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Dotcoms, information revolution, censorship, backlash, privacy, hackers, gentrification, costs, benefits, e-victions, SUVs, quality of life, sprawl, conspicuous consumption, conspicuous pollution, greed, arrogance, selfishness -- so many issues! On this page we provide some resources in the form of interesting websites, articles, and books that can help us begin to make some sense of our time.

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Bay Area Backlash On High-Tech; Boom Dot-coms viewed as threat to lifestyle.

'Beat city' fights dotcom gold rush.

Preserving a Literary Landmark in a City on Fast Forward - City Lights under siege.

Dot-com invasion ignites protest - near riot.

How the Internet Ruined San Francisco By Paulina Borsook.

Aboriginals and Colonizers commentary by Paulina Borsook.

Dot-Commers Go Home!.

Automakers say SUV buyers - selfish, shallow, and aggressive.

500 at City Hall demand protection against dot-coms: Clamor for Planning Commission to impose moratoriums.

Growing Pains: Across the country explosive Internet growth is producing evictions, traffic snarls and other woes of daily life. What's a dot-com to do?

There Goes the Neighborhood: The dot-com invasion of the Mission district in San Francisco has inspired a guerrilla response from area artists and, surprisingly, some dot-commers themselves.

Glad Day's Tragic and Hilarious Farewell: Independent local businesses pushed out, out-priced by dot-coms.

City faces conflict: charm vs. growth. For 75 years, residents of San Carlos have dealt with the constant challenge of preserving its small-town charm while accommodating rapid growth.

A Dot-Com Double-Cross Threatens Net Privacy: WHEN A DOT-COM crashes and burns, it's not the beige computers, office dividers or even the accounts receivable that bankruptcy bidders may want.

Rapid Changes Anger Mission District Residents: Dot-com invasion draws fire at session.

Disputed Mission District Dot-Com Project OKd: Foes got support from only 3 supervisors.


The Coming Internet Depression: Why the High-Tech Boom Will Go Bust, Why the Crash Will Be Worse Than You Think, and How to Prosper Afterward by Michael J. Mandel.

Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World by Eduardo H. Galeano.

Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There by David Brooks.

Cyberselfish: A Critical Romp Through the Terribly Libertarian Culture of High Tech by Paulina Borsook. Paulina's Unofficial Fan Website

Consuming Desires: Consumption, Culture, and the Pursuit of Happiness by Roger Rosenblatt, Jane Smiley, Bharati Mukherjee (Editors).

Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen.

Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age by Michael H. Shuman.

The Age of Access: The New Culture of Hypercapitalism, Where All of Life Is a Paid-For Experience by Jeremy Rifkin.

The Social Life of Information by John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid.

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace by Lawrence Lessig.

The Control Revolution: How the Internet is Putting Individuals in Charge and Changing the World We Know by Andrew L. Shapiro.

The Internet Edge: Social, Technical, and Legal Challenges for a Networked World by Mark J. Stefik.

The End of Privacy: How Total Surveillance Is Becoming a Reality by Reg Whitaker.

Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the 21st Century by Simson Garfinkel.

The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America by Jeffrey Rosen.

Ben Franklin's Web Site: Privacy and Curiosity from Plymouth Rock to the Internet by Robert Ellis Smith.

Cybershock: Surviving Hackers, Phreakers, Identity Thieves, Internet Terrorists and Weapons of Mass Disruption by Winn Schwartau.

Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jeff Speck.

The Land That Could Be: Environmentalism and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century by William A. Shutkin, David Brower (foreword).

You Can't Eat GNP: Economics as Though Ecology Mattered by Eric, Ph.D. Davidson, Eric A. Davidson, George M. Woodwell.

Hollow City: Gentrification and the Eviction of Urban Culture by Rebecca Solnit, Susan Schwartzenberg.

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