This item:Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold Howard Rheingold is a leading authority on the social implications of technology. 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. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. The title of this book is a mild pun. People are Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution – Kindle edition by Howard Rheingold. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or.

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According to CNNthe first smart mobs were teenage “thumb tribes” in Tokyo and Helsinki who used text messaging on cell phones to organize impromptu raves howarc to stalk celebrities. This is the big opportunity of smart mobs. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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Rheingold offers a penetrating perspective on the new convergence of pop culture, cutting-edge technology, and social activism. Just as the microprocessor and the television screen combine into an entirely new technology with its own capabilities, the personal computer, and millions of computers linked through the global telecommunication network constitute an entirely new technology with its own capabilities, the Internet, the marriage of the mobile telephone and the Internet will result in far more than email or stock quotes in your pocket – the mobile Internet in a computation-pervaded environment will constitute an entirely new medium with its own properties.

Discover what to read next. 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 action, smart mob technologies could make possible improvements in the way billions of people live. The Professional Contractors Group organised the first smart mob in the UK in when contractors turned up at The House of Commons to lobby their MP following an email sent out a few days before.


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. Ultimately, I walked away from this book This is a great way to introduce people to the programs and ideas possible with today’s technology. It’s now defunct, although I was able to find a lot of my friends from there and reconnect on Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – all of these are connected to the ideas that Rheingold writes about in this book.

Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold

Taylor 30 March Rheingold is brilliant and accessible at the same time. Mar 02, Steven Farmer rated it it was amazing. Books of the Week. Howard Rheingold’s latest book is a kind of travelogue, wending its way from the present to an imagined future. The title of this book is a mild pun. I’m 65 and live in Marin County, California — just north of the Golden Gate — and when I’m not writing and when weather permits, when I am writing I’m usually to be found in my garden.

This was written in ! Preview — Smart Mobs by Howard Rheingold. Rheibgold, John Brockman and Katinka Matson. A number of new technologies make smart mobs possible and the pieces of the puzzle are all around us now, but haven’t joined together yet. Return to Book S,art. Their mobile devices connect them with other information devices in the environment as well as with other people’s telephones.

RAND corporation analysts have pointed out that the Russian mafia and Colombian narcotics trafficking enterprises use “netwar” methods combining communication networks, social networks, and networked forms of organization.

He interviewed dozens of people around the world who work and play with these technologies to see how this revolution is manifesting, and his findings are stirring. A smart mob is a group whose coordination and communication abilities have been empowered by digital communication technologies.


Smart mobs use mobile media and computer networks to organize collective actions, from swarms of techo-savvy youth in urban Asia and Scandinavia to citizen revolts on the streets of Seattle, Manila, and Caracas. From his starting point with ‘social mobs’, Rheingold moves on to other things. He learned that the demonstrators in the anti-WTO protests used dynamically updated websites, cell-phones, and “swarming” tactics in the “battle of Seattle,” and that a million Filipino citizens toppled President Estrada in through public demonstrations organized by salvos of text messages.

Rheingold is good at inventing phrases – he coined ‘virtual community’ long before the idea was generally understood – and a ‘smart mob’ is his name for what another researcher has called ‘mobile ad hoc social networks’ – groups of people who use their mobile ‘phones and ‘texting’ to organize themselves ‘on the move’. He had some idea of how to look for early signs of momentous changes, having chronicled and forecast the PC revolution in and the Internet explosion in What we see en route is the here and now, but the author is never satisfied with today’s magic machines; he is on a quest for the future shape of society, community, neighbourhood and workplace.

Made me realise the potential of the mobile revolution. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Are the populations of tomorrow going to be users, like the PC owners and website creators who turned technology to widespread innovation? Telephone companies and cable operators, with enormous investments in old technologies, are moving to control who can build enterprises on the Internet, and the kinds of enterprises they can create.

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