With the advent of the Internet and the limitless information it contains, we're less sure about what we know, who knows what, or even what it means to know at all. And yet, human knowledge has recently grown in previously unimaginable ways and in inconceivable directions. In Too Big to Know, David Weinberger explains that, rather than a systemic collapse, the Internet era represents a fundamental change in the methods we have for understanding the world around us. With examples from history, politics, business, philosophy, and science, Too Big to Know describes how the very foundations of knowledge have been overturned, and what this revolution means for our future.
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About the Author
David Weinberger is a Senior Researcher at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined, Everything Is Miscellaneous, and a coauthor of The Cluetrain Manifesto. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Crisis of Knowledge vii
1 Knowledge Overload 1
2 Bottomless Knowledge 19
3 The Body of Knowledge: An Introduction to the Rest of the Book 43
4 The Expertise of Clouds 47
5 A Marketplace of Echoes? 69
6 Long Form, Web Form 93
7 Too Much Science 121
8 Where the Rubber Hits the Node 159
9 Building the New Infrastructure of Knowledge 173
What People are Saying About This
Marc Benioff, chairman, CEO salesforce.com, bestselling author of Behind the Cloud
“Led by the Internet, knowledge is now social, mobile, and open. Weinberger shows how to unlock the benefits.”
John Seely Brown, co-author of The Social Life of Information and A New Culture of Learning “Too Big to Know is a stunning and profound book on how our concept of knowledge is changing in the age of the Net. It honors the traditional social practices of knowing, where genres stay fixed, and provides a graceful way of understanding new strategies for knowing in today's rapidly evolving, networked world. I couldn't put this book down. It is a true tour-de-force written in a delightful way.” Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind“With this insightful book, David Weinberger cements his status as one of the most important thinkers of the digital age. If you want to understand what it means to live in a world awash in information, Too Big to Know is the guide you've been looking for.” Tony Burgess, Cofounder, CompanyCommand.com “David Weinberger’s Too Big to Know is an inspiring read—especially for networked leaders who already believe that the knowledge to change the world is living and active, personal, and vastly interconnected. If, as David writes, “Knowledge is becoming inextricable from—literally unthinkable without—the network that enables it” our great task as leaders is to design networks for the greater good. David casts the vision and gives us excellent examples of what that looks like in action, even as he warns us of the pitfalls that await us.” David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States“Too Big to Know is a refreshing antidote to the doomsday literature of information overload. Acknowledging the important roles that smart mobs and wise crowds have played, David Weinberger focuses on solutions to the crisis in knowledge—translating information into new knowledge by exploiting the network. Based upon the premise that ‘knowledge lives not in books, not in heads, but on the net,’ Weinberger outlines a bold net infrastructure strategy that is inclusive rather that exclusive, creates more useful information—metadata, exploits linking technologies, and encourages institutional participation. The result is a network that is both ‘a commons and a wilds’ where the excitement lies in the limitless possibilities that connected human beings can realize.” Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus “Too Big To Know is Weinberger's brilliant synthesis of myriad little debates—information overload, echo chambers, the wisdom of crowds—into a single vision of life and work in an era of networked knowledge.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
David Weinberger¿s "Too Big To Know" is everything we¿ve come to expect from him: engaging, thought-provoking, introspective, and even gently self-effacing. We gain a lot through Weinberger's ruminations on the nature of knowledge at a time when knowledge is far from defined solely by what is between the covers of books or peer-reviewed journals. It "is becoming a property of the network, rather than of individuals who know things, of objects that contain knowledge, and of the traditional institutions that facilitate knowledge," he writes (p. 182). This is placing us in a "crisis of knowledge," he maintains. We have to face the fact that the "Internet simply doesn¿t have what it takes to create a body of knowledge: No editors and curators who get to decide what is in or out. No agreed-upon walls to let us know that knowledge begins here, while outside uncertainty reigns--at least none that everyone accepts. There is little to none of the permanence, stability, and community fealty that a body of knowledge requires and implies. The Internet is what you get when everyone is a curator and everything is linked," (p. 45) yet that is where many of us currently turn for knowledge. But having read "Too Big to Know," we stand a little closer to a positive awareness of the problems and the strengths of our current relationship to a cohesive body of knowledge--for ourselves as well as for the learners so many of us work to serve.
Although this book gets off to a slow start once it picks up and really gets into the meat of the subject it is hard to put down. It is said the only constant is change but often we don't recognize the change because it is so gradual. Too Big To Know is a real eyeopener to the social change taking place on the planet. No longer are we separated by miles and time but, thanks to the internet, are living in an instant society and the way it is affecting who and what we are is nothing short of amazing.