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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 1980s and the Internet in the 1990s. The coming wave, says Rheingold, is the result of super-efficient mobile communications?cellular phones, personal digital assistants, and wireless-paging and Internet-access devices that will allow us to connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime.

From the amusing ("Lovegetty" devices in Japan that light up when a person with the right date-potential characteristics appears in the vicinity) to the extraordinary (the overthrow of a repressive regime in the Philippines by political activists who mobilized by forwarding text messages via cell phones), Rheingold gives examples of the fundamentally new ways in which people are already engaging in group or collective action. He also considers the dark side of this phenomenon, such as the coordination of terrorist cells, threats to privacy, and the ability to incite violent behavior.

Applying insights from sociology, artificial intelligence, engineering, and anthropology, Rheingold offers a penetrating perspective on the brave new convergence of pop culture, cutting-edge technology, and social activism. At the 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.

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From Tokyo to Helsinki, Manhattan to Manila, Rheingold takes readers 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 1980s and the Internet in the 1990s.

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"A vivid mural of the…new frontier of the mobile Web."-Fast Company

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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780738208619
Author:
Rheingold, Howard
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Networking - General
Subject:
Information technology
Subject:
Wireless communication systems
Subject:
Personal communication service systems
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Technology and civilization
Subject:
Communication and culture
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
The Next Social Revo
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 13.5 oz

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Product details 288 pages Basic Books - English 9780738208619 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , From Tokyo to Helsinki, Manhattan to Manila, Rheingold takes readers 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 1980s and the Internet in the 1990s.
"Synopsis" by ,
"A vivid mural of the…new frontier of the mobile Web."-Fast Company
"Synopsis" by ,
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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