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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It rambles a bit, but worth the effort There are both dangers and opportunities posed by this emerging phenomenon. From the tragedy of the commons to game theory Rheingold ties in many fields without becoming too basic or general. Oct 17, Nate rated it liked it Shelves: Mobile communications and pervasive computing have the potential for magnifying cooperation far more powerfully than previous technologies; coupled with new knowledge about the social dynamics of collective reevolution, smart mob technologies could make possible improvements in the way billions of people live.

Point your device at a street sign, announce where you want to go, and follow the tbe map beamed to the box in your palm; or point at a book in a store and see what the Times and your neighborhood reading group have to say about it.

While perhaps not as relevant or “hot” as it once was, the thoughts on technologically inspired social phenomena txt messaged organized resistance are still interesting.



Read more Read less. Rheingold is brilliant and accessible at the same time. RAND corporation analysts have hext out that the Russian mafia and Colombian narcotics trafficking enterprises use “netwar” methods combining communication networks, social networks, and networked forms of organization.

An important book in understanding the origins of participatory culture.

Excellent book — you must read. This is the one that got me into Moblogs – mobile blogs – and I landed on Textamerica. But despite these flaws, and despite its age, this book is still better than some of its modern companions at explaining how rhengold is changing our society.

The expensive auctions of radio spectrum for next-generation “3G” mobile communications are threatened by the emergence of radically more cost effective technologies in the form of grassroots wireless networks. The ubiquitous wireless future is not here and will hreingold not be a reflection of Rheingold’s musings, but this is still an entertaining read.

In particular, the technology brings the possibilities of surveillance to new levels:. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. It oscial published inbut can be viewed as a forecast for the current social networks trend. Aug 10, Tom Smyth rated it really liked it. Some furnish wireless, always-on Internet connections.

Communications Expert; Author, Smart Mobs. In one amusing enxt, he tells of upscale prostitutes who can enter their services and prices into their mobile phones, allowing customers to discreetly determine if anyone nearby is selling what they want to buy a Japanese company, Lovegety, has already adapted this idea to dating.

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He had some idea howaard how to look for early signs of momentous changes, having nnext and forecast the PC revolution in and the Internet explosion in Mar 12, Matt Bigelow rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Married for 35 of those years. Rheingold talks about how portable devices, pervasive connectivity and increasingly powerful hand-held computing is leading to the creation of virtual communities tied together by their devices and not by their physical proximity.


However, the author is not totally captured by the technology: To ask other readers questions about Smart Mobsplease sign up. Or will they be consumers, constrained from innovation and locked into the technology and business models of the most powerful entrenched interests?

Smart mob devices, industries, norms, and social consequences are in their earliest stages of development, but they are evolving rapidly.

Mar 10, Xhekson rated it it was amazing. So has Al Qaeda.

Current political and social conflicts over how smart mob technologies will be designed and regulated pose questions about the way we will all live for decades to come. Return to Book Page.

All the same, I’d rather read this over Pinker’s “Stuff of Thought” any day. This is by far the best recent book on this topic, both in terms of writing quality ombs information, and enthusiasts will love it.