Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder

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Macmillan, Apr 29, 2008 - Business & Economics - 277 pages
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"Perfectly placed to tell us what's really new about [the] second-generation Web."—Los Angeles Times

Business visionary and bestselling author David Weinberger charts how as business, politics, science, and media move online, the rules of the physical world—in which everything has a place—are upended. In the digital world, everything has its places, with transformative effects:

• Information is now a social asset and should be made public, for anyone to link, organize, and make more valuable.

• There's no such thing as "too much" information. More information gives people the hooks to find what they need.

• Messiness is a digital virtue, leading to new ideas, efficiency, and social knowledge.

• Authorities are less important than buddies. Rather than relying on businesses or reviews for product information, customers trust people like themselves.

With the shift to digital music standing as the model for the future in virtually every industry, Everything Is Miscellaneous shows how anyone can reap rewards from the rise of digital knowledge.

 

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User Review  - john.cooper - LibraryThing

The author is an interesting man: he's a marketing consultant with a Ph.D. in philosophy who works at the Harvard Law School and advised Howard Dean's brief run for president. His book *The Cluetrain ... Read full review

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User Review  - nnschiller - LibraryThing

Not a flawless book, but definitely an important book. I've been using it for 3 semesters to teach a class on information architecture and research methods and I've yet to find a more recent ... Read full review

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Contents

Information in Space
1
The New Order of Order
8
Alphabetization and Its Discontents
24
The Geography of Knowledge
46
Lumps and Splits
64
The Laws of the Jungle
84
Smart Leaves
107
Social Knowing
129
What Nothing Says
148
Messiness as a Virtue
173
The Work of Knowledge
199
Misc
231
Notes
235
Acknowledgments
259
Index
261
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David Weinberger is the co-author of the international bestseller The Cluetrain Manifesto and the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined. A fellow at Harvard University, Weinberger writes for such publications as Wired and the Harvard Business Review and is a frequent commentator for NPR's All Things Considered. In 1994, he founded Evident Marketing, a strategic marketing firm on technology issues. He lives in Boston.

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