Finally getting round to writing up some book notes. Latest one completed: Smart Mobs by Howard Rheingold. Excellent book charting how instant information and communications are transforming cultures and communities.
It has a strong link to the last book note posted – Social Life of Information – in that it spots where the real value lies with information technology – linking bits with atoms. In the past, most social computing efforts have concentrated on replacing atoms (paper, knowledge – i.e. brains) with bits. Perhaps we are finally seeing that the real value is created when bits and atoms co-exist – how information can help groups “raise the social I.Q. of organistaions” (as said by Doug Englebart)
Notes posted here.