This item:Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold Howard Rheingold is a leading authority on the social implications of technology. From Tokyo to Helsinki, Manhattan to Manila, Howard Rheingold takes us on a journey around the world for a preview of the next techno-cultural shift-a shift he. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. The title of this book is a mild pun. People are Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution – Kindle edition by Howard Rheingold. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or.
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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Smart Mobs by Howard Rheingold. Smart Mobs takes us on a journey around the world for a preview of the next techno-cultural shift. The coming wave, says Rheingold, is the result of super-efficient mobile communications-cellular phones, wireless-paging, and Internet-access devices-that will allow us to connect with anyone, anytime, anywhere.
Rheingold offers a penetrating perspective on the new convergence Smart Mobs takes us on a journey around the world for a preview of the next techno-cultural shift. Rheingold offers a penetrating perspective on the new convergence of pop culture, cutting-edge technology, and social activism.
He also reminds us that the real impact of mobile communications will come not from the technology itself but from how people use it, resist it, and adapt to it.
Paperbackpages. Published October 16th by Basic Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Smart Mobsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 12, Jonathan Mckay rated it it was amazing Shelves: When this book was published, I was in 8th grade and mb zip drives were the hottest technology to enter my school. This book was written Facebook was invented, before wikipedia became important, and while ‘wireless internet’ was still a geek fantasy.
Upon seeing the publication date, I wondered how much weight this book could hold considering the rapid recent advances.
So after reading the wonderfully concise book of pages I was amazed to find that Rheingold had seemed to have taken the b When this book was published, I was in 8th rheingoldd and mb zip drives were the hottest technology to enter my school. So after reading the goward concise book of pages I was amazed to find that Rheingold had seemed to have taken the best elements from Neuromancer, Friedman, and computing history to make a manifesto for the social implications of internet and mobile technology.
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All of these things were theories or isolated subcultures when he wrote his book, now they are the reality.
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This book provides an excellent theoretical basis for the rise of social networks and why they are becoming powerful. From the tragedy of the commons to game theory Rheingold ties in many fields without becoming too basic or general. The only flaws that I found in the book seem unavoidable. The chapter on Many of his ideas on rhfingold computing sound like a list of soundbites from graduate CS students at my university.
But despite these flaws, and despite its age, this book is still better than some of its modern companions at explaining how technology is changing our society. Jun 08, Misti rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is a great samrt to mosb people to the programs and ideas possible with today’s technology.
Even though Rheingold wrote this foray rrheingold the world of Scandinavian and Japanese text messaging back init appears the US still hasn’t entirely caught up with them and a lot of the points he makes are as prevalent today as they were more than half a decade ago a feat, considering the rapid progression of today’s technology by old-timey standards.
Ultimately, I walked away from this book This is a great way to introduce people to the programs and ideas possible with today’s technology.
Ultimately, I walked away from this book with a lot rheeingold new, creative ideas that were kicked into gear by a few things the author mentioned. I enjoy reading about some of the clever adaptations utilized by phone companies in other countries to make users more likely to utilize their cell phones for practically every aspect of their lives. And reading of other people’s cleverness made me try to think more cleverly too.
Again, there’s really not much to this book, as it’s non-fiction and it’s basically an in-depth search into the history of phones and their usage to spread messages quickly and efficiently. All the same, I’d rather read this over Pinker’s “Stuff of Thought” any day. This is the one that got me into Moblogs – mobile blogs – mobx I landed on Textamerica.
It’s now defunct, although I was able to find a lot of my friends from there and reconnect on Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – all of these are connected to the ideas that Rheingold writes about in this book. All of it is so fascinatingly covered – and pretty accurately – 10 years after he wrote this.
Read this book to get rueingold great feel for where things were headed This is the one that got me into Moblogs – mobile blogs – and I landed on Textamerica. Read this book to get a great feel for where things were headed when not to many people were even that sure about what could be headed there.
Read it to see where theing may yet go, too. Rheingold is brilliant and accessible at the same time. Man, if I could have shifted the appointment that I had that day! Feb 09, Ian rated it really liked it. Reading this book published in ! His research seems infi Reading this book published in ! His research seems infinitely cool. Howard Rheingoldin Mobiilijoukot olikin mielenkiintoista luettavaa.
Jul 31, L. Farmer rated it it was amazing. This is some deep thinking introspection right here.
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May 15, Ashwin Ramaswamy rated it really liked it. Jun 19, Steve rated it it was amazing. Rheingold talks about how portable devices, pervasive connectivity and increasingly powerful dmart computing is leading to the creation of virtual communities tied together by their devices and not by their physical proximity.
Smarrt of his examples are not in the US. Rheingold makes the point that we are far behind in this country in having the kind of infra-structure that supports pervasive portable computing.
Despite being printed inRheingold’s book is timely today as we look at what is kobs to print journalism. Why subscribe to a paper newspaper when the technology to get information in your portable device is here, is improving, is more timely and is more compelling than print? One of the things that really is apparent to me as I read this book, and do things like text message my friends, is that there is a mobile generational digital divide based not on incomes, but on age.
Many of my older my age friends who consider themselves very tech literate just do not seem to get this technology and the social implications of it. Could this be because our socialization ssmart were developed in a pre-silicon era? We have already seen pedagogical implications of mobile technology in students using the collaboration capabilities of portable rheinyold capable devices to cheat on exams.
Rheingold over and over makes the point that we need to not think of portable hoawrd as cell phones, he says we need to think of them as remote controls for jobs. In my opinion when you mix portable devices with RSS enabled software as a way to deliver podcasts, smzrt have a killer way to deliver instruction. In my opinion we hold the future of journalism, the future of education, the future of social interaction in our society; in the palm of our hands. This is a geek must read book.
It rambles a bit, movs worth the effort Feb 14, Srav Chag rated it did not like it. Outdated, obvious analysis that fails to delve into the philosophical or functional meaning of social technology. Totally missed rheingkld opportunity. There is no reason to dedicate 3 pages to describing what a blog is.
You are better off with Ray Kurzweil’s book or any book on complex adaptive systems. Jul 28, Sonia Lavadinho rated it liked it Recommends it for: Apr 02, mcburton rated it liked it Recommends it for: Remember the Flash Mob craze? This is a nice exploration of the phenomenon, its technological origins and implications for the future. While perhaps not as relevant or “hot” as it once was, the thoughts on technologically inspired social phenomena txt messaged organized resistance are still interesting.
The ubiquitous wireless future is not here and will likely not be a reflection of Rheingold’s musings, but this is still an entertaining read. Sep 06, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: Better than “Crowdsourcing,” even if they explore slightly different subjects – the premises are pretty similar.
I am frustrated that a discussion of technology and how it impacts humans can ignore smmart work of Neil Postman. But perhaps that relates smmart a lot of what books in this genre reiterate – the growing knowledge, expanding ideas, flourishing so-called knowledge culture. That pervasive idea gives the permission slip not to know it all. But, it still bothers me. Jul 06, Brenda rated it really liked it. This book takes a look at the hoawrd popularity of mobile “pervasive” technologies and explores what the implications might be.
Do you know the impetus for the invention of eBay? A husband invented it because his wife collected Pez dispensers and wanted to exchange with others. Now they are billionaires. Dec 10, Rahim rated it really liked it. Still amazing to me how Rheingold predicted and identified the extent to which social media exactly like Twitter, facebook, etc would change our world.
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