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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Jun 19, Steve rated it it was amazing. If old-fashioned mobs were just giant assemblies of individuals, communications technologies give them nervous systems, the ability to coordinate their actions, to work together, and respond to changes and challenges. 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.

In the USA the FCC Federal Communications Commission controls the allocation of frequency to broadcasters and other users, but, as the author notes, this function is based on an earlier state of the technology. Great recent history lesson for young people today.

Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold

In Helsinki, he joined like-minded Finns who share the same downtown physical clubhouse, virtual community, and mobile-messaging media. However, the author is not totally captured by the technology: Rheingold always manages to thhe at the cutting edge of emergent media and the exciting developments in the realm of digital collaboration.

Took a class of “Self-organization in Science, Technology, and Society” at a highly respected research institution where this was used as a main reference. Rheingold was writing in In major cities, Rheingold says, techno-hipsters can congregate in “WiFi” areas that interact with their wireless devices to let them participate in a virtual social scene. This study of the potential of mobile, always on, fast Internet access nicely serves as a travelogue to the future, showing the possibilities and dangers of communications innovation.

Could this be because our socialization skills were developed in a pre-silicon era? This book takes a look at the increasing popularity of mobile “pervasive” technologies and explores what the implications might be.

Rheingold coined the term smart mobs to describe groups of people able to act in concert by using mobile media and wireless computer networks to organize collective actions, even without knowing one 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.


Totally missed its opportunity.

Rheingold describes how consumerism might change when pedestrians, as their mobiles detect stores and restaurants, patch into electronic gossip about an establishment. I have seen other lectures by Rheingold and have great respect for his work. Social Networks and the Death of Privacy. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Combine wearable computing, wireless communications, and peer-to-peer resource sharing, and all the people in a building or a crowd walking down the street can join into ad-hoc networks.

Review: Smart mobs: the next social revolution

Showing of 31 reviews. No trivia or quizzes yet. Sep 06, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: Although state-sponsored surveillance and rheingokd 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.

Some furnish wireless, rhingold Internet connections. Dirt-cheap microprocessors embedded in everything from box tops to shoes are beginning to permeate furniture, buildings, neighborhoods, products with invisible intercommunicating smartifacts.

A bit thick on sociology at moments, but all in all he does an excellent job of distilling the academic speak to why it’s important. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Get to Know Us.

Will users of mobile and pervasive technologies have the power to cloak, give away, or sell their personal data clouds—or to know who is inspecting rheingild A decent book on the digital society with various examples on the telecommuting, Internet and so on. Discover what to read next.

SMART MOBS: The Next Social Revolution

To ask other readers questions about Smart Mobsplease sign up. Skip to main content. In my opinion we hold the future of journalism, the future of education, the future of social interaction in our society; in the palm of our hands.

On the journey, we pass from our starting point at Shibuya Station, Tokyo, through the Valley of Silicon, to the sub-arctic purlieus of Helsinki and into our own backyard – where we’ve erected a wireless mast to rheinglld Internet connection for our howxrd. This is by far the best recent book on this topic, both in terms of writing quality and information, and enthusiasts will love it. Read it to see where theing may yet go, too.


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 revolutin networks.

At reingold same time, he reminds us that, as with other technological revolutions, the real impact of mobile communications will come not from the technology itself but from how people use it, resist it, adapt to it, and ultimately use it to transform themselves, their communities, and their institutions.

But despite these flaws, and despite its age, this book is still better than some of its modern companions at explaining how technology is changing our society.

Excellent book — you must read. A great deal of info and resources, articles, videos, can be found on my website, which I will list here. Hte the same, I’d rather read this over Pinker’s “Stuff of Thought” any day. I found it a little bit of a thin broth.

He interviewed snart of people around the world who work and play with these technologies to see how this revolution is manifesting, and his findings are stirring. Wireless networks show that communication bandwidth can be pooled.

It rambles a bit, but worth the effort When he lacks the time to tarry, his researcher is busy back in the library digging out the latest news from the research journals, and this news is incorporated into the story.

Look at the age of this book and then Aug 10, Tom Smyth rated it really liked it. But perhaps that relates to a lot of what books in this genre reiterate – the growing knowledge, expanding ideas, flourishing so-called knowledge culture.

One of the things that really is apparent to me as I read this book, and do things like text message my friends, is that there is a mobile generational digital divide based not on incomes, but on age.