Virginia Heffernan (called one of the best living writers of English prose) reveals the logic and aesthetics behind the Internet. Since its inception, the Internet has morphed from merely an extension of traditional media into its own full-fledged civilization. It is among mankind’s great masterpieces—a massive work of art. As an idea, it rivals monotheism. But its deep logic, its cultural potential, and its societal impact often elude us. In this deep and thoughtful book, Heffernan presents an original and far-reaching analysis of what the Internet is and does.