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I immodestly reccomend the conceptual book (no equations) that Pew
Internet Director Lee Rainie and I published via MIT Press:
Networked: The New Social Operating System
It's about the Triple Revolution--groups>networks, internet, mobile--and
its consequences for community, family, work, creativity, knowledge.
We've each lectured from it for years -- if you buy 10 copies, you get a
Skype lecture from one of us.
Here's the link:
Amazon is having a sale. Only US$8.90. For mroe than 300 pp.
(Pro tip: Have your publisher treat your book as a trade book rather than
a scholarly tip--lower price, better copyediting, prettier cover)
Want to know more? Here's the blurb:
How social networks, the personalized Internet, and always-on mobile
connectivity are transforming?and expanding?social life.
Daily life is connected life, its rhythms driven by endless email pings
and responses, the chimes and beeps of continually arriving text messages,
tweets and retweets, Facebook updates, pictures and videos to post and
discuss. Our perpetual connectedness gives us endless opportunities to be
part of the give-and-take of networking.
Some worry that this new environment makes us isolated and lonely. But in
Networked, Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman show how the large, loosely knit
social circles of networked individuals expand opportunities for learning,
problem solving, decision making, and personal interaction. The new social
operating system of “networked individualism” liberates us from the
restrictions of tightly knit groups; it also requires us to develop
networking skills and strategies, work on maintaining ties, and balance
multiple overlapping networks.
Rainie and Wellman outline the "triple revolution" that has brought on
this transformation: the rise of social networking, the capacity of the
Internet to empower individuals, and the always-on connectivity of mobile
devices. Drawing on extensive evidence, they examine how the move to
networked individualism has expanded personal relationships beyond
households and neighborhoods; transformed work into less hierarchical,
more team-driven enterprises; encouraged individuals to create and share
content; and changed the way people obtain information. Rainie and Wellman
guide us through the challenges and opportunities of living in the
evolving world of networked individuals.
Step by step, link by link, putting it together--Streisand/Sondheim
The earth to be spannd, connected by network--Walt Whitman
It's Always Something--Roseanne Roseannadanna
A day like all days, filled with those events
that alter and illuminate our times--Walter Cronkite
Director, NetLab Network FRSC
Distinguished Visiting Scholar Social Media Lab Ryerson University
Founder, International Network for Social Network Analysis
NETWORKED: The New Social Operating System Lee Rainie & Barry Wellman
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