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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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He had some idea of how to look for early signs of momentous changes, having chronicled and forecast the PC revolution in and the Internet explosion in To ask other readers questions about Smart Mobsplease sign up. They only need to switch on the device. Just as medicine only became an effective weapon against illness when science furnished useful knowledge about the nature of diseases, the most effective use of communication and computer technologies could emerge from new scientific understandings of human cooperation.

Reading this book published in ! Married for 35 of those years. Will users of mobile and pervasive technologies have the power to cloak, give away, or sell their personal data clouds—or to know who is inspecting them? That pervasive idea gives the permission slip not to know it all. Wireless networks show that communication bandwidth can be pooled. 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?

This is a geek must read book. May 21, VeerChand rated it it was amazing. I am frustrated that a discussion of technology and how it impacts humans can ignore the work of Neil Postman. All of it is so fascinatingly covered – and pretty accurately – 10 years after he wrote this. On the first Saturday after the election, more than significant protests took place—many with thousands of participants—without any traditional organizing effort.

Mar 10, Xhekson rated it it was amazing. Humans have used mmobs talents for cooperation to organize atrocities. Feb 14, Srav Chag rated it did not like it. Howard Rheingold’s latest book is a kind of rheingo,d, wending its way from the present to an imagined future.


From his starting point with ‘social mobs’, Rheingold moves on to other things. Despite being printed inRheingold’s book is timely today as we look at what is happening to print journalism.

Or will they be consumers, constrained from innovation and locked into the technology and business models of the most powerful entrenched interests?

All of these things were theories or isolated subcultures when he rheijgold his book, now they are the reality. It’s not the Internet per se, but the emerging potential for any individual to communicate—for free and anonymously if necessary—with any other individual.

Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution

The Next Social Revolution. Paperbackpages. In major cities, Rheingold says, techno-hipsters can congregate in “WiFi” areas that interact with their wireless devices to let them participate in a virtual social scene. As influential as the Internet has been, it has been, for the most part, confined to computers on desktops. There are both dangers and opportunities posed by this emerging phenomenon.

The ubiquitous wireless future is not here and will likely not be a reflection of Rheingold’s musings, but this is still sart entertaining read. Still amazing to me how Rheingold predicted and identified the extent to which social media exactly like Twitter, facebook, etc would change our world.

Point your device at a street hiward, announce where you want to go, and snart the animated map beamed to the box in your palm; or point at a book in a store and see what the Times and your neighborhood reading group have to say about it.

Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold

Here the author deals with the conflict between regulation and access. RAND corporation analysts have pointed out that the Russian mafia and Colombian narcotics trafficking enterprises use “netwar” methods combining communication networks, social networks, and networked forms of organization.

Great stuff but now dated.

Archived from the original on This book was written Facebook was invented, before wikipedia became important, and while ‘wireless internet’ was still a geek fantasy. Would like to read what he is writing about now! Although the recording industry succeeded in shutting down Napster, and the legal arguments were about the theft of copyrighted music, the technical significance of peer-to-peer resource sharing is far greater than even the future of the music industry.

The Best Books of Judy and I have been together for 45 years! In the days after the U. 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.


A husband invented it because his wife collected Pez dispensers and wanted to exchange with others. Archived copy as title Articles lacking in-text citations from May All articles lacking in-text citations All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from May Articles with unsourced statements from March Aug 17, lohee marked it as to-read.

The Professional Contractors Group organised the first smart mob in the UK in when contractors turned up at The House of Commons to lobby their MP following an email sent out a few days before.

Some furnish wireless, always-on Internet connections. Language, the alphabet, cities, the printing press did not eliminate poverty or injustice, but they did make it possible for groups of people to create cooperative enterprises such as science and democracy that increased the health, welfare, and liberty of many.

Flash mobs are rheingoold specific form of smart mob, originally describing a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, do something unusual and pointless for a brief period of time, then quickly disperse. The difference between flash and smart mobs is primarily with regards to their duration: One of the things that really is apparent howarc 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.

A bit thick on sociology at moments, but all in all he does an excellent job of distilling the academic speak to why it’s rheinbold. Trivia About Smart Mobs: Rheingold was howrd in I smaft 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.

Communication and computing technologies capable of amplifying human cooperation already appear to be both beneficial and destructive, used by some to support democracy and by others to coordinate terrorist attacks.