Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution

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Perseus Publishing, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 266 pages
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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 predicts will be as dramatic as the widespread adoption of the PC in the 1980s and the Internet in the 1990s. The coming wave, says Rheingold, is the result of super-efficient mobile communications-cellular phones, personal digital assistants, and wireless-paging and Internet-access devices that will allow us to connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime.From the amusing ("Lovegetty" devices in Japan that light up when a person with the right date-potential characteristics appears in the vicinity) to the extraordinary (the overthrow of a repressive regime in the Philippines by political activists who mobilized by forwarding text messages via cell phones), Rheingold gives examples of the fundamentally new ways in which people are already engaging in group or collective action. He also considers the dark side of this phenomenon, such as the coordination of terrorist cells, threats to privacy, and the ability to incite violent behavior.Applying insights from sociology, artificial intelligence, engineering, and anthropology, Rheingold offers a penetrating perspective on the brave new convergence of pop culture, cutting-edge technology, and social activism. At the same time, he reminds us that, as with other technological revolutions, the real impact of mobile communications will come not from the technology itself but from how people use it, resist it, adapt to it, and ultimately use it to transform themselves, their communities, and their institutions.

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User Review  - Philip - Goodreads

My first epinions book review, of Howard Rheingold's Smart Mobs, written on May, 2003. And I did visit Hachiko's statue afterwards. This book made me laugh, it made me cry. And it made me join ... Read full review

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User Review  - Judy - Goodreads

Great stuff but now dated. Read more recent book or follow author on Twitter for current updates. Read full review

Contents

Shibuya Epiphany I
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Technologies of Cooperation
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Computation Nations and Swarm Supercomputers
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Howard Rheingold, an influential writer and thinker on social media, is the author of "Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology", "The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier" (both published by the MIT Press), and "Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution".

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