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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Feb 14, Srav Chag rated it did not like it. Great recent history lesson for young people today.


Published October 16th by Basic Books first published Refresh and try again. It’s typical of Howard Rheingold to throw down such a brightly-colored rhetorical gauntlet, and then to describe how smart mobs are emerging in places as diverse as Tokyo, anti-globalization protests, and virtual communities.

I’m always excited to interact with readers. Language, the alphabet, cities, the printing press did not eliminate poverty or injustice, but they did make it possible for groups of people to create cooperative enterprises such as science and democracy that increased the health, welfare, and liberty of many.

Communication and computing technologies capable of amplifying human cooperation already appear to be both beneficial and destructive, used by some to support democracy and by others to coordinate terrorist attacks.

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Read more Read less. Technologies that enable cooperation are not inherently pathological: Howard Rheingold brings us a really nice set of actual examples–combined with his own unique insights–that provide the basis for next-generation communications strategies as what had been cohesive groups fragment into a foam of indivduals united only by this moments current interest hext the task at hand.

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


The people who make up smart mobs cooperate in ways never before possible because tne carry devices that hward both communication and computing capabilities. Would like to read what he is writing about now! The ubiquitous wireless future is not here and will likely not be a reflection of Rheingold’s hoard, but this is still an hext read. From Tokyo to Helsinki, Manhattan to Manila, Howard Rheingold takes us on a journey around the world for a preview of the next techno-cultural shift-a shift he predicts will be as dramatic as the widespread adoption of the PC in the s and the Internet in the s.

Athough the book is about technology, it is about technology in a social contest, and Rheingold devotes a good deal of space to the role of the technology in assisting cooperative behaviour in society.

Many of my older my age friends who consider themselves very tech literate just do not seem to get this technology and the social implications of it.

That power struggle is what the battles over file-sharing, copy protection, regulation of the radio spectrum are about. Conversations at Edge Digerati – Chapter Discover what to read next. Interesed about this book.

Mobile communication and pervasive computing technologies are permeating every part of our professional and personal gevolution with Internet-enabled capabilities. How many mobile telephone users know that they don’t have to make a call for others to triangulate their location?


This is a great way to introduce people to the programs and ideas possible with today’s technology. The title of this book is a mild pun.

Even though Rheingold wrote this foray into the world of Scandinavian and Japanese smmart messaging back init appears the US still hasn’t entirely caught up with them and a lot of the points he revooution are as prevalent today as they were more than half a decade ago a feat, considering the rapid progression of today’s technology by old-timey standards. From Publishers Weekly The title of this book is a mild pun. More By and About This Author.


The entire s scheme for regulating the use of the electromagnetic spectrum is smsrt into question by the invention of “cognitive radios” and other wireless technologies that put power into the hands of user communities rather than central broadcasters. In particular, the technology brings the possibilities of surveillance to new levels:.

Howard Rheingold is a prophet it seems.

SMART MOBS: The Next Social Revolution

Will the architecture and regulation of the emerging wireless Internet be dictated by and empower a few large, highly centralized institutions such as corporations and governments, or will it favor the cooperative innovations of millions of citizens – the way the architecture and regulation of the wired Internet made the Web possible?

Read this book to get a great feel for where things were headed when not to many people were even that sure about what could be headed there. In my opinion when you mix portable devices with RSS enabled software as a way to deliver podcasts, you have a killer way to deliver instruction.

Beyond Edge Howard Rheingold: Millions of people who lend their computers to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence are part of it. As influential as the Internet has been, it has been, for the most part, confined to computers on desktops. 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.