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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Rheingold offers a penetrating perspective on the new convergence of pop culture, cutting-edge technology, and social activism.


Interesed about this book. Sociologists, political scientists, evolutionary biologists, even nuclear warfare strategists have contributed the first clues that an interdisciplinary science of cooperation might be emerging.

Aug 12, Jonathan Mckay rated it it was amazing Shelves: Proof of this book’s prescience and relevance exist in the fact that I am publishing this review to an open forum, without monetary gain on multiple online social networks. A bit thick on sociology at moments, but all in all he does an excellent job rheinold distilling the academic speak to why it’s important.

Mar 30, Jb rated it it was amazing. Jul 28, Sonia Lavadinho rated it liked it Recommends it for: A number of new technologies make smart mobs possible and the pieces of the puzzle are all around us now, but haven’t joined together yet. The topics it did cover p2p, reputation systems, wireless connectivity were pretty good. Dirt-cheap microprocessors embedded in everything from box tops to shoes are beginning to permeate furniture, buildings, neighborhoods, products with invisible intercommunicating smartifacts.

Hoqard book wasn’t quite everything that I had hoped for. 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. Combine wearable computing, wireless communications, and peer-to-peer resource sharing, and all the people in a mext or a crowd walking down the street can join into ad-hoc networks.


May 28, Judy rated it liked it Shelves: May 21, VeerChand rated it it was amazing.

So has Al Qaeda. Five Hollywood movie studios and the four giant companies that dominate the global recording industry say they are trying to protect intellectual property, but are backing legislation and “protection devices” that will lock down computers and the Internet into a pay-for-play model in which only the largest players will be allowed to create or distribute content or services online, permitted to create new kinds of computers, or empowered to invent things like the Web.

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.

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Review: Smart mobs: the next social revolution

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Rheingold is good at inventing phrases – he coined ‘virtual community’ long before the idea was generally tje – and a ‘smart mob’ is his name for what another researcher has called ‘mobile ad hoc social networks’ – groups of boward who use their mobile ‘phones and ‘texting’ to organize themselves ‘on the move’. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Skip to main content. Paperbackpages.

Hwoard of it is so fascinatingly covered – and pretty accurately – 10 years after he wrote this. Took a class of “Self-organization in Science, Technology, and Society” at a highly respected research institution where this was used as a main reference. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In one amusing example, he tells of upscale prostitutes who can enter their services and prices into their mobile phones, allowing customers to discreetly determine if anyone nearby is selling what they want to buy a Japanese mohs, Lovegety, has already adapted this idea to dating.


That pervasive idea gives the permission slip not to know it all. Sep 06, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a geek must read book. 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 phonesRheingold gives examples of the fundamentally new ways in which people are already engaging in group or collective action.

Point your device at a street sign, announce where you want to go, and rhsingold 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.

Rheingold is never less than thought-provoking in this book and I can recommend it without reserve to anyone who is interested in where the technology may be taking us. Applying insights from sociology, artificial revklution, engineering, and anthropology, Rheingold offers a penetrating perspective on the brave new convergence of pop culture, cutting-edge technology, and social activism.

Some readers wmart doubtless find familiar ideas in “Smart Mobs: In Tokyo, he accompanied flocks of teenagers as they converged on public places, coordinated by text messages. Conversations at Edge Digerati – Chapter Refresh and try again.