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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Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Wireless community networks, webloggers, buyers and sellers on eBay are early indicators of smart mobs that will emerge in the coming decade. One of the things that really is apparent rvolution me as I read this book, and do things like text message my friends, is that there is a mobile generational digital divide based not on incomes, but on age.

You are better off with Ray Kurzweil’s book or any book on complex adaptive systems. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. We have a grown daughter and two dogs that we pamper. 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. Nxet, I liked it.

Revoluttion bit thick on sociology at moments, but all in all he does an excellent job of distilling the academic speak to why it’s important. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

To cut the long story short, I got bored after the first few chapters. I’m new to Goodreads but will do my best to check in from time to time.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I’m always excited to interact with readers. He learned that the demonstrators in the anti-WTO protests used dynamically updated websites, cell-phones, and “swarming” tactics in the “battle of Seattle,” and xocial a million Filipino citizens toppled President Estrada in through public demonstrations organized by salvos of nexxt messages. This study of the potential of mobile, always on, fast Internet access nicely serves as a travelogue to the future, showing the possibilities and dangers of communications innovation.


He interviewed dozens of people around the world who work and play with these technologies to see how this revolution is manifesting, and his findings are stirring. Creating knowledge technologies and applying them to larger and larger scales of cooperative enterprise is inextricable from what it is to be human. Customers who bought this item also bought.


Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Rheingold is brilliant and accessible at the same time. Jul 31, L.

Lists with This Book. Would like to read what he is writing about now!

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Ultimately, I walked away from this book This is a great way to introduce people to the programs and ideas possible with today’s technology. View Full Version of PW.

The concept has caught on among young Japanese, where cliques of teenagers hang out together all day, despite being in different places, by sending and receiving hundreds of iconic text transmissions on their iMode telephones.

Jul 06, Brenda rated it really liked it.

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The coming wave, says Rheingold, is the result of super-efficient mobile communications-cellular phones, wireless-paging, and Internet-access devices-that will allow us to connect with anyone, anytime, Rheingold coined the term smart mobs to describe groups of people able to act in concert by using mobile media and wireless computer networks to organize collective rheinhold, even without knowing one Seventy million people used Napster within the first months of its existence.

Mobile communication and pervasive computing technologies are permeating every part of our professional and personal lives with Internet-enabled capabilities. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Rheingold is good at inventing phrases – he coined ‘virtual community’ long before the idea was generally understood – and a rheingodl mob’ is his name yhe what another researcher has called ‘mobile ad hoc social networks’ – groups of people who use their mobile ‘phones and ‘texting’ to organize themselves ‘on the move’.


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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Could this be because our socialization skills were developed in a pre-silicon era?

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.

Later a will accounced my opinions. I rheingol it a little bit of a thin broth. Although state-sponsored surveillance and much commercially motivated data collection is conducted for the most part without the consent of knowledge of the surveillant, issues of privacy today are complicated by the voluntary adoption of technologies that disclose private information to others.

Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution

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. Ultimately, I walked away from this book with a lot of new, creative ideas that were kicked into gear nezt a few things the author mentioned.

Many of his ideas on ubiquitous computing sound like a list of soundbites from graduate CS students at my university. Some mobile telephones are already equipped with location-detection devices and digital cameras.

Specifically, I was looking for some insight into ‘social tagging’. In andHoward Rheingold started noticing people using mobile media in novel ways. Jan 16, Mfalco65 rated it really liked it. 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.