Time to dig into the human component of emerging technologies…

I was incredibly excited about virtual reality and augmented reality for a “hot minute” – these were the technologies that originally inspired this blog. While I am still fascinated by VR and AR, my niggling questions and concerns led me to realize that my true area of fascination lay with the human component of emerging technologies, and not just zealously promoting them. So I am going to use this blog to learn and explore the fields of media psychology, psychology, emerging technologies and sociology.

The identity “Reality Rookie” still fits nicely – as technology continues to rapidly adapt, our view of the world, ourselves, and our future trajectory is constantly evolving. At the heart of the matter, it’s difficult to understand the path that lies ahead – the pace of change is mind boggling – we can just try our hardest to play catch up, nurture and protect the human component.

In lieu of running out the door and getting a third degree, I have been working on compiling an initial reading list, with a goal of a book and two related blog posts per week – I have included my initial selection below, and would LOVE recommendations for essential reading, journals, forums and the like. I would also love to feature guest posts and blogs, so please reach out to me!


The Cyber Effect Effect: A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online – Mary Aiken, Phd

Psychology of the Digital Age: Humans Become Electric – John R. Suler

It’s Complicated: the social lives of networked teens – danah boyd

The Psychology of the Internet – Patricia Wallace

An Introduction to Cyberpsychology – Connolly, Palmer, Barton & Kirwan

The Fourth Transformation – Robert Scoble & Shel Israel

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