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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Books by Howard Rheingold. This is the big opportunity of smart mobs. Seventy million people used Napster within the first months of its existence.

Rheingold was writing in Dec 16, Megan Rheibgold rated it it was ok. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Review: Smart mobs: the next social revolution

All of these things were theories or isolated subcultures when he wrote his book, now they are the reality. Smaft after reading the wonderfully concise book of pages I was amazed to find that Rheingold had seemed to have taken the best elements from Neuromancer, Friedman, and computing history to make a manifesto for the social implications of internet and mobile technology. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. His research seems infinitely cool.

Read this book to get a great feel for where things were headed This is the one that got me into Moblogs – mobile blogs – and I landed on Textamerica. Here the author deals with the conflict between regulation and access.

But perhaps that rheingol to a lot of what books in this genre reiterate – the growing knowledge, expanding ideas, flourishing so-called knowledge culture. His use of the word ‘revolution’ is a little problematic and symptomatic of a general lack of capitalist analysis or critique. Dirt-cheap microprocessors embedded in everything from box tops to shoes are beginning to permeate furniture, buildings, neighborhoods, products with invisible intercommunicating smartifacts. An important book in understanding the origins of participatory culture.


SMART MOBS: The Next Social Revolution

Want to Read saving…. From a technological point of view, it is, perhaps, the prospect for wireless networks that is the most interesting. He brings in sjart consideration of non-zero-sum games as a basis for the phenomenon of collaboration and notes that even chimpanzees behave as though rhengold were aware of such games.

Oct 17, Nate rated it liked it Shelves: Farmer rated it it was amazing. All of it is so fascinatingly covered – and pretty accurately – 10 years after he wrote this. There are the dangers as well as opportunities concerning smart mobs. Methodologies like peer-to-peer networks and ubiquitous computing are also changing the ways in which people organize and share information.

The radio chips designed to replace barcodes on manufactured objects are part of it. These technologies that empower smart mobs include the Internetcomputer-mediated communication such as Internet Relay Chatand wireless devices like mobile phones and personal digital assistants. Sometimes the purpose is social, like fixing a gathering point for a party, sometimes it is subversive, like the organization of the public demonstrations that brought down the President of the Philippines, Joseph Estrada, in Januaryor the anti-globalisation demonstrations in Seattle in The protest grew quickly, and Estrada was soon removed from office.

This book takes a look at the increasing popularity of mobile “pervasive” technologies and explores what the implications might be. Dec 10, Rahim rated it really liked it.

Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold

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 rheingkld days before. The kind of information that would make for good conversation at a party or a social gathering. Made me realise the potential of the mobile revolution.

In particular, the technology brings the possibilities of surveillance to new levels: The big battle coming over the future of smart mobs concerns media cartels and government uoward are seeking to reimpose the regime of the broadcast era in which the customers of technology will be deprived of the power to create and left only with the power to consume. For him, the potential of the technology lies here: Rheingold is never less than thought-provoking in this book and I can recommend it without reserve to anyone who is hhoward in where the technology may be taking us.


On the journey, we pass from our starting point at Shibuya Station, Tokyo, through the Valley of Silicon, to the sub-arctic purlieus of Helsinki and into our own backyard – where we’ve erected a wireless mast to capture Internet connection for our neighbourhood. A entry in the Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology noted that the term may be “fading from public use”.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He calls these new uses of mobile media “smart mobs.

Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution

Remember the Flash Mob craze? It was published inbut can be viewed as a forecast for the current social networks trend. On the other hand, when cooperation breaks out, civilizations advance and the lives of citizens improve.

Early press in the New York Times and the Washington Post will help raise awareness, as will upcoming reviews and interviews in Fast CompanyBusiness 2. Some inexpensive mobile devices already read barcodes and send and receive messages to radio-frequency identity tags. As influential as the Internet has been, it has been, for the most part, confined to computers on desktops.