Before I actually opened the book to read its content I read the summary of the book on the back cover and about the author. By reading the little bio about the author I knew I would most likely find the book more interesting than the first book called the Pattern on the Stone. The reason that I did not care for the POTS was due to (what I felt like) it being more complicated in its description of how something might work. On the other side of things I tend to like the journalism side to a story simply because they tend to put the topic into everyday language that everyone can understand and find interesting.
While reading this book I found that I was bored at times but that I was also fascinated and interested to know more which helped me continue to turn the pages. One of the fascinating things that I was able to learn about again was the fact that someone could actually say that the Internet is made up of tubes. The reason for this is that the Internet is running through wires that are then placed in tubes except when the said Internet cables are running along the bottom of the oceans to connect the entire world together.
One of the things that helped me continue to read this book was the fact that I knew and understood what was being talked about and it was not going over my head in complexity. Another thing that might have gone over my head a bit more if not for this class is The Imitation Game, which is about Alan Turing during World War 2 and how he broke the Enigma code the Germans, were using.
At one point Andrew Blum writes about how “multiple networks run through the same wires,” and this reminded me of a highway and how lots of different people use a highway to get from one place to another. The way that we travel using roads to get from one place to another can be seen as a simile to sending information on the Internet.
I remember listening to a show called Science Friday about a year and a half ago and they were talking about the Internet and the “tubes” that connect us running on the bottom of the oceans’ floor. This topic is talked about several times in the book Tubes and the stations that are located on several beaches as well as having maps of the oceans with the tubes of cables running along the bottom connecting the countries and continents all together (Tubes).
The reason that I think this book was chosen as a textbook is to show that anyone can do research on a topic in relation to technology that is all around us. This book also shows the Internet in more detail and the actual places that we are relying on to not fail. It shows the different parts of the Internet that we either may not know about or what it does but it also shows us some of the places that store what is done on the Internet. Some of these places are storing the big data that we as a world and USA population are creating on a daily basis.
I look forward to continuing to read on the third book, 9 Algorithms That Changed the Future. The title has looked interesting for a little while at this point and i hope that the entire book is interesting especially if/when it talks about the Internet and how the algorithms have improved/changed it for the better or worse.
Blum, Andrew. “The Map.” Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet. New York: Ecco, 2012. 9. Print.
Blum, Andrew. “The Map.” Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet. New York: Ecco, 2012. 14-17. Print.
“Undersea Cables String Together the Global Internet – Science Friday.” Science Friday. Bluecadet, 10 Apr. 2015. Web. 31 Oct. 2016.