Net Smart: How to Thrive Online

Net Smart: How to Thrive Online

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by Howard Rheingold
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262017458

ISBN-13: 9780262017459

Pub. Date: 03/16/2012

Publisher: MIT Press

Like it or not, knowing how to make use of online tools without being overloaded with too much information is an essential ingredient to personal success in the twenty-first century. But how can we use digital media so that they make us empowered participants rather than passive receivers, grounded, well-rounded people rather than multitasking basket cases? In

Overview

Like it or not, knowing how to make use of online tools without being overloaded with too much information is an essential ingredient to personal success in the twenty-first century. But how can we use digital media so that they make us empowered participants rather than passive receivers, grounded, well-rounded people rather than multitasking basket cases? In NetSmart, cyberculture expert Howard Rheingold shows us how to use social media intelligently, humanely, and, above all, mindfully.

Mindful use of digital media means thinking about what we are doing, cultivating an ongoing inner inquiry into how we want to spend our time. Rheingold outlines five fundamental digital literacies, online skills that will help us do this: attention, participation, collaboration, critical consumption of information (or "crap detection"), and network smarts. He explains how attention works, and how we can use our attention to focus on the tiny relevant portion of the incoming tsunami of information. He describes the quality of participation that empowers the best of the bloggers, netizens, tweeters, and other online community participants; he examines how successful online collaborative enterprises contribute new knowledge to the world in new ways; and he teaches us a lesson on networks and network building.

Rheingold points out that there is a bigger social issue at work in digital literacy, one that goes beyond personal empowerment. If we combine our individual efforts wisely, it could produce a more thoughtful society: countless small acts like publishing aWeb page or sharing a link could add up to a public good that enriches everybody.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262017459
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/16/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................ix
Introduction: Why You Need Digital Know-How—Why We All Need It....................1
1 Attention! Why and How to Control Your Mind's Most Powerful Instrument....................35
Conscious Distraction: Are You Captain or Captive of Your Attention Muscles?....................41
(Using) the Internet Makes Us Stupid (or Not)....................50
Mindfulness in an Always-On World....................62
Training the Puppy Mind....................70
How to Search and How to Know....................84
Tuning Your Crap Detector....................89
Infotention: Attention to Information....................96
3 Participation Power....................111
Participatory Culture....................114
Participation Skills: Skating up the Power Law of Participation....................119
Curation Is Short for "We're All Each Other's Filter"....................126
Playbor: Do You Know Who Profits from Your Participation?....................134
Footprints and Profiles: How You Look to Others ... and Yourself....................138
Twitter Literacy....................141
4 Social-Digital Know-How: The Arts and Sciences of Collective Intelligence....................147
Collective Intelligence: When All of Us Can Be Smarter Than Any of Us....................159
Virtual Communities: Networking Hearts as well as Minds....................162
Crowdsourcing: Supersizing Cooperation....................167
Social Production....................173
Wiki Collaboration....................179
5 Social Has a Shape: Why Networks Matter....................191
Social Network Analysis....................202
Networked Individualism....................211
Social Capital....................215
Tuning and Feeding Personal Learning Networks....................225
Facing Facebook's Facts of Life....................230
6 How (Using) the Web (Mindfully) Can Make You Smarter....................239
Digging into Dataveillance....................239
The Public Sphere....................240
Remix Ethics and the Politics of Enclosure....................242
What's a Parent to Do? What's a Parent to Know?....................245
Five Literacies in a Nutshell....................246
Literacy as Lever, as Divide....................252
Notes....................255
Index....................289

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Nukem777 More than 1 year ago
You need a driver's manual for a car, and you need this book to navigate the Internet! Make the most of the digital world by following Howard's expertise as he shares what he has learned from years of experience on the Web. When he isn't busy creating the curve, he's ahead of it. Do yourself a favor and check this out.