Saturday, April 27, 2013

Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet by George Takei


Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet
by George Takei
2012
*****
5 stars - yeah, baby!



When George Takei announced that his new book was (finally) available in print (as opposed to online only) I immediately bumped it to the head of the queue.

Come on! How can you not like this guy? He is too cool for school. 

I've followed Mr. Takei's Facebook page for some time now. Why? Because I enjoy his concern with social issues, his ability to poke fun at himself, and his generosity towards all human beings in spirit and deed.

Oh Myyy! brings the reader along Mr. Takei's journey into the internet age. The book is full of excerpts from his Facebook page and lots of links to videos and other sites of interest. As a bonus, there is an enlightening (but not overly technical) section on how Facebook algorithms decide what to put on your news feed. 

There's a chapter on the Internet Grammar Police (yeah), one on publishing things that you wish you hadn't, another on whether to believe what you read, and on and on.

I don't have any quotes because so much of what he writes and posts is visual, so you'll just have to visit his page and see for yourselves. You can check it out here.

In fact, this whole review feels kind of stilted to me. Pity. I wish I could capture more of Mr. Takei's character. Oh well, just buy the book, or. if you are one of those digital readers, download it. 



2 comments:

  1. It's great that you have a fun book after the bummer which was the last one. People who can poke fun at themselves and spare others are the very best.

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  2. George Takei always cracks me up! And we have one of the TVs he used to advertise with the "Oh myyyyyy", for that matter!

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