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All Quotes by author - Howard Rheingold
" Advertising in the past has been predicated on a mass market and a captive audience. "
In The Past
" A forecasting game is a kind of simulation, a kind of scenario, a kind of teleconference, a kind of artifact from the future - and more - that enlists the participants as 'first-person forecasters.' "
" A lot of people use collaborative technologies badly, then abandon them. They aren't 'plug-and-play.' The invisible part is the social skill necessary to use them. "
" Although we leave traces of our personal lives with our credit cards and Web browsers today, tomorrow's mobile devices will broadcast clouds of personal data to invisible monitors all around us. "
" Any disease support community is a place of deep bonds and empathy, and there are thousands if not tens of thousands of them. "
" Any virtual community that works, works because people put in some time. "
" A phone tree isn't an ancient form of political organizing, but you have to call every person. "
" As for Twitter, I've found that you have to learn how to make it add value rather than subtract hours from one's day. Certainly, it affords narcissism and distraction. "
" Attention is the fundamental instrument we use for learning, thinking, communicating, deciding, yet neither parents nor schools spend any time helping young people learn how to manage information streams and control the ways they deploy their attention. "
" By the time you get a job, you know how to behave in a meeting or how to write a simple memo. "
" Communicating online goes back to the Defense Department's Arpanet which started in 1969. There was something called Usenet that started in 1980, and this gave people an opportunity to talk about things that people on these more official networks didn't talk about. "
" Craigslist is about authenticity. Craig has paid his dues, and people respect him. "
" Democracy is not just voting for your leaders; it's really premised upon ordinary citizens understanding the issues. "
" Entire books are being written about the distractions of social media. I don't believe media compel distraction, but I think it's clear that they afford it. "
" Flash mobbing may be a fad that passes away, or it may be an indicator of things to come. "
" Humans are humans because we are able to communicate with each other and to organize to do things together that we can't do individually. "
" Humans have lived for much, much longer than the approximately 10,000 years of settled agricultural civilization. "
" I'm somebody who seems to stumble into things 10 or 20 years before the rest of the world does. "
" Inexpensive phones and pay-as-you go services are already spreading mobile phone technology to many parts of that world that never had a wired infrastructure. "
" I think e-mail petitions are an illusion. It gives people the illusion that they're participating in some meaningful political action. "
" I think there are two aspects to smart environments. One is information embedded in places and things. The other is location awareness, so that devices we carry around know where we are. When you combine those two, you get a lot of possibilities. "
" It's kind of astonishing that people trust strangers because of words they write on computer screens. "
" It's more important to me to get an e-mail that says, 'I saw your page and it changed my life,' than how many hits the page got. "
" Its not a global village, but we're in a highly interconnected globe. "
" It used to be that if your automobile broke, the teenager down the street with the wrench could fix it. Now you have to have sophisticated equipment that can deal with microchips. We're entering a world in which the complexity of the devices and the system of interconnecting devices is beyond our capability to easily understand. "
" I've spent my life alone in a room with a typewriter. "
" I want to be very careful about judging and how much to generalize about the use of media being pathological. For some people, it's a temptation and a pathology; for others, it's a lifeline. "
" Journalists don't have audiences - they have publics who can respond instantly and globally, positively or negatively, with a great deal more power than the traditional letters to the editor could wield. "
" Kids automatically teach each other how to use technology, but they're not going to teach each other about the history of democracy, or the importance of taking their voices into the public sphere to create social change. "
" Like most modern Americans, I assume individuality is not only a fundamental value, but a goal in life, an art form. "
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