Net Smart How to Thrive Online

ISBN-10: 0262017458

ISBN-13: 9780262017459

Edition: 2012

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Description: Like it or not, knowing how to make use of online tools without being overloaded with too much information is an essential ingredient to personal success in the twenty-first century. But how can we use digital media so that they make us empowered participants rather than passive receivers, grounded, well-rounded people rather than multitasking basket cases? In Net Smart, cyberculture expert Howard Rheingold shows us how to use social media intelligently, humanely, and, above all, mindfully.Mindful use of digital media means thinking about what we are doing, cultivating an ongoing inner inquiry into how we want to spend our time. Rheingold outlines five fundamental digital literacies, online skills that will help us do this: attention, participation, collaboration, critical consumption of information (or "crap detection"), and network smarts. He explains how attention works, and how we can use our attention to focus on the tiny relevant portion of the incoming tsunami of information. He describes the quality of participation that empowers the best of the bloggers, netizens, tweeters, and other online community participants; he examines how successful online collaborative enterprises contribute new knowledge to the world in new ways; and he teaches us a lesson on networks and network building.Rheingold points out that there is a bigger social issue at work in digital literacy, one that goes beyond personal empowerment. If we combine our individual efforts wisely, it could produce a more thoughtful society: countless small acts like publishing a Web page or sharing a link could add up to a public good that enriches everybody.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/16/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Anthony Weeks is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and director of Six Sigma Operations at Home Depot. He was a director at a consulting firm providing Six Sigma training to numerous Fortune 500 companies. Marsha Shapiro has over 15 years of project management experience with a focus on solving strategic business issues. Shes a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, received management training and experience at Home Depot for 11 years, and was an IT management consultant with Ernst & Young.

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