(Disclosure - Harry Lewis was my PhD advisor.)
It seems like just a few weeks ago I I blogged about a book of Harry Lewis's that was recently available (see here). And now I am blogging about another one. Writing two books in two years seems hard! I can only think of one other computer scientist who has done that recently (see here and here).
In 2008 Abelson, Ledeen, and Lewis wrote
Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness after the Digital Explosion
which I reviewed in SIGACT news, see here
Both computers and society have changed since 2008. Hence an update was needed.
In 2021 Adelson, Ledeen, Lewis, and Seltzer wrote a second edition.
Should you buy the new version if you bought the old version?
1) Not my problem- I got them both for free since I reviewed them.
2) Not your problem- The second edition is available free-on-line here. Is that a link to some dark corner of the dark web? No, its the formal webpage about the book. So the book is available free-on-line legally, if you care (and even if you don't care).
3) If you like paper, the book is on amazon. (If you don't like paper, the book is still on amazon).
I reviewed it in SIGACT news. A non-paywalled link: here (is that link legal? I have no idea.)
In this post I'll just mention two things that changed since the last book
1) Shared Music and pirating were an issue back in 2008. It does not seem to be anymore since there is now a variety of services that seem to make pirating not worth it: itunes, streaming services, and some bands give it away for free and ask you to pay what its worth. Movies are still struggling with this issue.
2) AI systems that reinforce existing bias is a new problem.