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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Thanks to WOW! Women on Writing - Cathy Hansen Reviews Larry Kilham's "The Digital Rabbit Hole"

The Digital Rabbit Hole allows reader an opportunity for self reflection and asks readers to consider the following questions:

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:; 1 edition (January 1, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1533307075
ISBN-13: 78-1533307071

The Digital Rabbit Hole is available in ebook and in print at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

About the Author:

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:




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Review by Cathy Hansen:

When I was offered the opportunity to read and review The Digital Rabbit Hole, I was intrigued. As a teacher, I wanted to know what Larry Kilham had to say about the issue of kids spending so much time using various electronic devices. In my own profession, I’ve seen the consequences, and have been concerned and wondered if others outside my profession saw things the same way.

As I read the first chapter, I was not disappointed, and found myself nodding my head in agreement with Kilham’s statements about smartphone addictions and motivations behind selfies. I was pleased to find my own perceptions backed up by Kilham’s research. As I moved through the second chapter, I found myself saying, “Yes, I understand the problem, but what do we DO about it?” I flipped back to the table of contents, and was relieved to find that the book is divided into three parts, and the title of Part 3, Escape from the Rabbit Hole, suggested I would find what I was looking for later in the book.

As I read on through Parts 1 and 2, I found myself impressed with the statistics and research gathered by Kilham, carefully woven together with personal anecdotes about his own experiences with digital technology and conversations with others about the issues of the digital age. These personal anecdotes helped this reader make it through all of the research and technical jargon necessary to explain all of the technology and its effects on the brain. His conversation with a waitress about her smartphone, as well as a poll in a clinic waiting room back up the statistics, but also make the book more accessible to those who wouldn’t be interested in reading a book of purely statistics.

Despite what the title might suggest to some, Kilham does not attack technology itself, or even suggest that we shouldn’t be using it. He describes many positive uses of technology, even explains that while people might have been able to ‘opt out’ of reading books, we are essentially surrounded by technology, and opting out really isn’t an option. Kilham also points out many issues, such as the idea that we actually know less than we think we do, because rather than depending on our own thought process and synthesis of information, we have, out of convenience, moved to simply googling the answer to whatever question we might have.

The real gem in The Digital Rabbit Hole for me came in the final chapters, when Kilham discusses how to escape the rabbit hole. The last section of the book should be required reading material for all teachers and parents who want to learn how to help children grow up with the ability to think for themselves rather than merely going with the flow of technology. Thank you, Larry Kilham, for validating what I’ve seen as a teacher and a parent, and for supplying this thoughtful read on a very timely topic.

Thank you to WOW! Women on Writing for allowing me an opportunity to participate in this book
blog tour!

Be sure to check out some of the future blog stops on this tour:

Thursday, July 13th @ Linda Appleman Shapiro
Author and Psychotherapist/Addictions Counselor Linda Appleman Shapiro shares her thoughts and insight after reading and reviewing The Digital Rabbit Hole by Larry Kilham.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, July 19th @ Constant Story
Fellow author David Berner reads and reviews Larry Kilham's The Digital Rabbit Hole.

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.

Friday, July 21st @ Eric Trant
Fellow author Eric Trant shares his thoughts after reading and reviewing The Digital Rabbit Hole by Larry Kilham.

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.

Monday, July 24th @ Lisa Haselton Reviews and Interviews
Lisa Haselton interviews Larry Kilham about The Digital Rabbit Hole.

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!

Wednesday, August 9th @ The Muffin
Angela Mackintosh reviews Larry Kilham's The Digital Rabbit Hole.

About today’s reviewer:

Cathy Hansen is a wife, mom, teacher, independent
beauty consultant, and small business owner. She and her husband operate SeedsNBeans, a local nature store, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.


  1. Thanks for the thoughtful review, Cathy! I look forward to today's comments.

  2. My pleasure! I hope that others will take your suggestions about kids and digital technology seriously!