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. The title of this book is a mild pun. People are using smart “mobs” (rhymes with ” robes”) to become smart “mobs” (rhymes with “robs”), meaning. Rheingold, Howard. Smart mobs: the next social revolution. Howard Rheingold’s latest book is a kind of travelogue, wending its way from the present to an.

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How to Socisl Online. This book leans a bit toward the techno-utopian side of things, but is easy and entertaining to read. As influential as the Internet has been, it has been, for the most part, confined to computers on soclal. Look at the age of this book and then Despite being printed inRheingold’s book is timely today as we look at what is happening to print journalism.

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. The expensive auctions of radio spectrum for next-generation “3G” mobile communications are threatened by the emergence of hte more cost effective technologies in the form of grassroots wireless networks. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

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Could this be because our socialization skills were developed in a pre-silicon era? As I was reading predictions being made by him or people he interviewed, it was eerie. Books by Howard Rheingold. For him, the potential of the technology lies here:.


This book really opens your eyes to how technology is changing our society and the way we relate to people. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

The radio chips designed to replace barcodes on manufactured objects are part of it.


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. Basic Books; 1st edition October 16, Language: The reputation systems used on eBay and Slashdot, and the peer to peer capabilities demonstrated by Napster point to other pieces of the puzzle. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. See all 31 reviews. This book is right on the target for talking about technology in our society and the way it will shape all who interact with it.

Aug 17, lohee marked it as to-read. However, the author is not totally captured by the technology: We have a grown daughter and two dogs that we pamper. Preview — Smart Mobs by Howard Rheingold.

Even though Rheingold wrote this foray into 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.

The people who make up smart mobs cooperate in ways never before possible because they carry devices that possess both communication and computing capabilities. I’m 65 and live in Marin County, California — just north of the Golden Gate — and when I’m not writing and when weather permits, when I am writing I’m usually to be found in my garden.

What we see en route is the here and now, but the author is never satisfied with today’s magic machines; he is on a quest for the future shape of society, community, neighbourhood and workplace.


This book was written Facebook was invented, before wikipedia became important, and while ‘wireless internet’ was still a geek fantasy. He began to revlution how these events were connected.

Rheingold focuses on specific ways technology is drastically changing for the better the ways in which we communicate, but glosses over the possible negatives. His research seems infi Reading this book published in !


SMART MOBS: The Next Social Revolution

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 Jul 28, Sonia Lavadinho rated it liked it Recommends it for: Rheingold is good at inventing phrases – he coined ‘virtual community’ long before the idea was generally understood – and a ‘smart mob’ is his name for what another researcher has called ‘mobile ad hoc social networks’ – groups of people who use their mobile rheinggold and ‘texting’ to organize themselves ‘on the move’.

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But despite these flaws, and despite its age, this revolhtion is still better than some of its modern companions at explaining how technology is changing our society.

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Please try again later. More By and About This Author. How many mobile telephone users know that they don’t have to make a call for others to triangulate their location? Yet, it was good for when it was written. From Publishers Weekly The title of this book is a mild pun. It rambles a bit, but worth the effort From his starting point with ‘social mobs’, Rheingold moves on to other things.

Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold

Learning in the Cloud: Smart mobs use mobile media and computer networks to organize collective actions, from swarms of techo-savvy youth in urban Asia and Scandinavia to citizen revolts on the streets of Seattle, Manila, and Caracas. Dec 10, Rahim rated it really liked it. Alexa Actionable Spcial for the Web.