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 super-efficient mobile communications-cellular phones, wireless-paging, and Internet-access devices-that will allow us to connect with anyone, anytime, anywhere.Rheingold offers a penetrating perspective on the new convergence of pop culture, cutting-edge technology, and social activism. He also reminds us that the real impact of mobile communications will come not from the technology itself but from how people use it, resist it, and adapt to it.
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About the Author
Howard Rheingold is a leading authority on the social implications of technology. A former founding editor of HotWired, he has served as editor of The Whole Earth Review and editor-in-chief of The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, and on-line host for The Well. He lives in Mill Valley, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book wasn't quite everything that I had hoped for.Specifically, I was looking for some insight into 'social tagging'.The topics it did cover (p2p, reputation systems, wireless connectivity) were pretty good.
Rheingold comments on pretty much interesting stuff on those emergent technologies (wireless, web services, linux) and their mandatory influence on our societies, good and bad one, wireless talking, this technology opens a brave new world for people, it's moving pretty much fast. The question would be then: how well we are prepared as human society for it ?? ... are we ready for digest it ?? .... pretty deep investigation work.