The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
The Future of Us is set in 1996, when less than half of high school students have ever been on the internet.
Josh gets a free trial AOL CD-ROM (does anyone remember those?) in the mail. He takes it over to his neighbor and longtime friend Emma to use on her new computer. Using dial-up they get connected and a website pops up called Facebook. It obviously doesn't exist yet, but they are somehow able to see what their lives are like fifteen years into the future. After seeing what their lives will be like, they try to change things in the present to alter their future selves.
Although this is a young adult book - there are a lot of references to culture from the 1990s that people who grew up during that time will remember. Rights for the movie were bought back before this book even came out and according to Internet Movie Database (IMDb), it should come out in 2013. Remembering the amount of time it took to get connected through dial-up, I wonder if that will be most of the movie?
Friend Me!: 600 Years of Social Networking in America by Francesca Davis DiPiazza
People started social networking long before the digital age and Friend Me!: 600 Years of Social Networking in America takes us through the different ways and reasons people have figured out to communicate with one another.
I found page 7 really interesting, when "Greek Philosopher Plato warned against the spread of writing. He said it would stop people from exercising their memories. (How did he convey his warning? He wrote it down.)" This book gives an interesting perspective on different parts of our history and ties it in with how we communicate today. There are also good resources and suggestions for further reading at the back of the book.
The History of the World According to Facebook by Wylie Overstreet
After there was a lot of uproar about the satirical article published online If Historical Events Had Facebook Statuses, author Wylie Overstreet decided to develop the concept into a book. It would appeal to all kinds of people - the history buff, the reluctant student (although beware of choice language used), or even people that know history but are not that familiar with Facebook - can learn about how it works and maybe have a few laughs as well.
One thing that made me laugh (and I thought about the AOL CD-ROMs again from The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler) was on page 137 - The U.S. Postal Service posted on America Online's Facebook page (AOL) - Look, I appreciate your business but I'm not sure another 18 million CDs is going to help. (posted on June 10, 1997) Hilarious.
Submitted by Christy @ Washington Park