Larry Kilham and the Book Blog Tour for his book “The Digital Rabbit Hole”

Larry Kilham and the Book Blog Tour for his book “The Digital Rabbit Hole”

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I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to read Larry’s book and share my review., and to be part of his book  blog tour.

As I read Larry Kilham’s book “The Digital Rabbit Hole”, I was struck with just how pervasive the digital world has become. If we let it, it will suck us all down its digital rabbit hole.
Kilham’s book is organized in three parts:
Part 1: The New World of the Knowosphere
Part 2: What we Learn and How to Think in the Age of Google
Part 3: Escape from the Rabbit Hole
Each part builds on the other, giving us detailed information about this new world, both its benefits as well as its very negative aspects. We are becoming one world electronically, but there is less respect for experienced-based knowledge. Too often people believe what is on the web, without questioning or investigating what they are seeing.
The rapid rise of the use of smartphones has led to addicts who can’t seem to disconnect. Who hasn’t seen people who cannot be separated from their smartphones?
“Children and adults must develop the habits of exploration, creativity and life-long learning. In addition, they must develop a sense of truth as an intellectual discipline, and never lose sight of pursuing it.” (pg. 100)
Kilham stresses the need to step back, to “recapture our minds”, to see the internet as a tool, a resource – not the “all-knowing expert.”
Reading Larry Kilham’s book was definitely an eye-opener. I personally do not use a smartphone, but I have a pc and tablet and am (slightly) addicted to Twitter. This book really does explain the Trump phenomenon and the rise of “fake news” – how so many could have been drawn into his brand of politics, how he got elected. One quote said it all:
“A major problem … in an active democracy is whether people lose interest in the truth or even how to find it. If information satisfies their mind by confirming what they generally think about issues, or just makes them feel good, why take the time and effort to see if there is deception, misinformation or misunderstanding involved.” (pg. 96/97)

I would highly recommend Larry Kilham’s book. The more knowledge we have of what it means to live in this Knowosphere and how we can overcome its negative aspects, the better prepared we will be to move forward in the future. And, Larry Kilham gives us this knowledge and tools to succeed.

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Larry Kilham’s The Digital Rabbit Hole 

Will digital media sweep us into a new era of prosperity? What new advances in entertainment, culture, education, and knowledge can we expect? Will we get stuck in Cyberland only to be saved by digital detox?

The Digital Rabbit Hole reveals that we are becoming captive in the digital universe. The portals are smartphones and the world is the Internet. We immerse ourselves in social media; we learn through packaged feel-good information; and we will leave the hard work to robots and AI. The book details digital media and discusses smartphone addiction problems. It proposes solutions to stimulate creativity and education and to recapture our humanity.

Paperback: 144 Pages
Genre: Social Science/Non Fiction
Publisher: FutureBooks.info; 1 edition (January 1, 2016)
ASIN: B01A3MTVBS

The Digital Rabbit Hole is available in print on Amazon.

About the Author:
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Larry Kilham has traveled extensively overseas for over twenty years. He worked in several large international companies and started and sold two high-tech ventures. He received a B.S. in engineering from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in management from MIT. Larry has written books about creativity and invention, artificial intelligence and digital media, travel overseas, and three novels with an AI theme. Currently, he is writing a novel about free will.

Larry can be found online at:

Website: www.larrykilham.net 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Larry-Kilham/e/B003UPNVNK/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4352387.Larry_Kilham

 

———-Blog Tour Dates (Be sure to check the other blog stops – and chances to enter the giveaway)

Monday July 10th (today) @ WOW! Women on Writing
Interview & Giveaway
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

Tuesday July 11th @ CMash Reads 
Cheryl Masciarelli reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole”. Don’t miss her insightful review and this opportunity to learn more about Kilham and his many published works.
http://cmashlovestoread.com/

Wednesday July 12th @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen
Educator, Business Owner, and Mother Cathy Hansen reads and reviews “The Digital Rabbit Hole” by Larry Kilham. Read her thoughts today!
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Thursday July 13th @ Linda Appleman Shapiro

Author and Psychologist Linda Appleman Shapiro shares her thoughts and insight after reading and reviewing “The Digital Rabbit Hole” by Larry Kilham.
http://applemanshapiro.com/category/book-reviews/

Friday July 14th @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto
Avid reader and reviewer (and social media lover) Crystal J. Casavant-Otto reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares her thoughts about how social media has changed our lives.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Monday July 17th @ Beverley Baird
Writer, Reader, and Book Enthusiast Beverley A Baird reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares her experiences with her readers.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

Tuesday July 18th @ Bring on Lemons with Troy Pflum
Midwestern father and avid reader Troy Pflum reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares his ideas and afterthoughts with readers at Bring on Lemons.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Wednesday July 19th @ Constant Story
Fellow author David Berner reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole”.
http://davidwberner.blogspot.com/

Thursday July 20th @ Book Santa Fe
Reader and book enthusiast Tange Dudt reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares her thoughts with readers at Book Santa Fe.
http://www.booksantafe.info/

Friday July 21st @ Eric Trant
Fellow author Eric Trant shares his thoughts after reading and reviewing “The Digital Rabbit Hole” by Larry Kilham.
http://diggingwiththeworms.blogspot.com/

Sunday July 23rd @ Hott Books
Today’s author spotlight at Hott Books is none other than Larry Kilham. Find out more about this accomplished author and “The Digital Rabbit Hole”
http://www.hottbooks.com/

Monday July 24th @ Lisa Haselton Reviews and Interviews 
Lisa Haselton interviews Larry Kilham about “The Digital Rabbit Hole”
http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

Tuesday July 25th Bring on Lemons with Tess Fallier
Tess Fallier is today’s guest blogger with a review and insight into Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole”. Don’t miss this blog stop!
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

Five Minute Friday – STEADY

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Every Friday, Kate Motaung posts a word to spark five minutes of writing. This week, the word prompt is STEADY.

 

“Slow but steady wins the race.”

Who hasn’t heard that motto or read Aesop’s fable of “The Tortoise and the Hare”? It is a lesson we all can (and maybe should) embrace.

When we steadily work on something, taking our time, being careful to do our best, we can achieve much.

It is that steady plodding forward that is the secret – keep moving, step by step; keep doing, eyes forward.

Writers are told to write daily and it is this daily action, no matter the number of words written, that improves our writing.

Five Minute Friday – WORTH

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Each Friday, Kate Motaung of “Five Minute Friday”, posts a prompt and encourages us to write for five minutes.

This week the theme is  WORTH.  (Check here to visit other writers)

 

When we think of worth,  we tend to think first in terms of buying things and money – what is this worth? How much will it cost?

Yet, in these turbulent times, it is the worth of people which should be our first concern. As Christ told us, over and over, loving others is a must.

Too often, hate and cruelty to others predominates. Fear and ignorance push people to racist acts. The news is full of killings and destruction all over the world..

If everyone could only see that every person has worth, is valuable, is a child of God, LOVE would dominate, not hate.

Yes, we are all worth so much. We need to acknowledge our own worth and celebrate the worth of everyone we meet. We may never know when we meet Jesus.

 

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Slice of Life Tuesday

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Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.

 

I have missed having a nesting robin family on our porch for several years now. But several weeks ago, a new nest was built, and a family of robins moved in.

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It has been so interesting watch the parents come and go. The mom sits most of the time. I hate to disrupt her by opening the patio door and coming out on the porch – which I usually have to do at least once a day.

The mom flies off, often to the clothes line and chirps at me. I can just imagine what she is yelling at me!

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Yesterday, I snuck a photo of her nest and saw three eggs.

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Now the wait begins!

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Today is the Tuesday Slice of Life – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”

I have just finished another daily writing challenge, for April. In some ways, it was good to be finished – after two months of daily writing/blogging, I now have a bit of a break.

But, it has helped solidify my writing habit. I want to write and the ideas have started to flow more readily. The March SOL and the April Blogging Challenge gave me sixty days of routine, of daily writing and support.

This past month also connected me with Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Her death still seems surreal.

I used her “Encyclopedia of Me” to post daily, choosing one of her themes daily to write about some aspect of my life.

I plan to continue to fill the book, jotting down lists, observations and memories as they come. Saturday was #MoreforAKR and it was a special day to celebrate this wonderful, amazing woman.

While visiting a church bazaar, I found my #MoreforAKR – I bought lunch for an elderly woman. We then spent a lovely half hour visiting together. I left with a smile and a few books.

Blogging A to Z: Z

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Today is the last day of the April Blogging A to Z, so today is Z.

I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

 

Z is for “In the ZONE”

The Urban Dictionary defines being in the zone as

“Being Completely Unaware of what’s going on around you as you are So Extremely into what’s going on right in front of your face; like anything more than 3 feet away just doesn’t register in the brain.”

What a feeling it is to be so lost in something that time falls away, you are caught up in something that engages you physically, mentally and spiritually.

I have experienced this a few times – and it is usually when I am creating something or so lost in a book, I don’t hear anything and have to be nudged to come back to the present.

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Blogging A to Z: X and Y

a_zchallenge_badgeX and Y – combined today for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge.

For Xtraordinary and Y for Yellow Umbrella

Today is in honour of Amy Krouse Rosenthal ( who’s Xtraordinary “Encyclopedia of Me” became the basis for the challenge). This would have been her 52nd birthday and in her honour, many in the kidlit world are doing more. #MoreforAKR emcourages all of us to do more, be more, love more, show more kindness.

The YELLOW umbrella is a symbol of Amy’s desire to bring people together, to do lovely things and make the world a better place.

Join in to honour this amazing woman, gone way to soon. Check here for links to many of her works and to learn more about today.

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Blogging A to Z: V – Vancouver…

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Today is V – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

V is Vancouver, Vancouver island and Victoria

In May of 2008, my mother died. Two months later my husband and I escaped to Vancouver for two weeks and stayed for a while with my cousin, who had lost her mother (my aunt and godmother) the September before. It was a healing trip.

We toured all around Vancouver, to Whistler, Then on to Vancouver island and the east coast. The ocean and the mountains, the air, flowers and beauty of the area helped in my healing and grief process. I did not want to leave and still want to visit again and again.

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It is a must place to visit.

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Blogging A to Z: U: U.S.A.

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Today is U – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

U is for the U.S. of A.

As a Canadian, I am not immune to the politics of the south. What happens in the U.S. definitely has an effect on Canada. And now, with DT45 (sorry – but cannot say/write his name), the ripples are turning into damaging waves. Not only for Canada, but for the rest of the world.

I have already told my husband I will not travel to the U.S. while DT is in office. I feel lest safe about travelling there, and we usually go several times a year. (I will miss our yearly trip to Saratoga)

I ended up trying mind mapping and I apologize, as it got very negative. But I am afraid, that is what the vibe this Canadian is getting from the U.S government.

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