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Net Smart:How to Thrive Online

Cover Image Copyright Year: 2012
Author(s): Rheingold, H.; Weeks, A.
Publisher: MIT Press
Content Type : Books & eBooks
Topics: Communication, Networking & Broadcasting ;  Components, Circuits, Devices & Systems ;  Computing & Processing
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Abstract

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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      Front Matter

      Rheingold, H. ; Weeks, A.
      Net Smart:How to Thrive Online

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      MIT Press eBook Chapters

      This chapter contains sections titled: Half Title, Title, Copyright, Dedication, Contents, Acknowledgements, Introduction: Why You Need Digital Know-How—Why We All Need It View full abstract»

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      Attention! Why and How to Control Your Mind's Most Powerful Instrument

      Rheingold, H. ; Weeks, A.
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Conscious Distraction: Are You Captain or Captive of Your Attention Muscles?, (Using) the Internet Makes Us Stupid (or Not), Mindfulness in an Always-On World, Training the Puppy Mind View full abstract»

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      Crap Detection 101: How to Find What You Need to Know, and How to Decide If It's True

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      This chapter contains sections titled: How to Search and How to Know, Tuning Your Crap Detector, Infotention: Attention to Information View full abstract»

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      Participation Power

      Rheingold, H. ; Weeks, A.
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Participatory Culture, Participation Skills: Skating up the Power Law of Participation, Curation Is Short for “We're All Each Other's Filter”, Playbor: Do You Know Who Profits from Your Participation?, Footprints and Profiles: How You Look to Others . . . and Yourself, Twitter Literacy View full abstract»

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      Social-Digital Know-How: The Arts and Sciences of Collective Intelligence

      Rheingold, H. ; Weeks, A.
      Net Smart:How to Thrive Online

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Collective Intelligence: When All of Us Can Be Smarter Than Any of Us, Virtual Communities: Networking Hearts as well as Minds, Crowdsourcing: Supersizing Cooperation, Social Production, Wiki Collaboration View full abstract»

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      Social Has a Shape: Why Networks Matter

      Rheingold, H. ; Weeks, A.
      Net Smart:How to Thrive Online

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Social Network Analysis, Networked Individualism, Social Capital, Tuning and Feeding Personal Learning Networks, Facing Facebook's Facts of Life View full abstract»

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      How (Using) the Web (Mindfully) Can Make You Smarter

      Rheingold, H. ; Weeks, A.
      Net Smart:How to Thrive Online

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Digging into Dataveillance, The Public Sphere, Remix Ethics and the Politics of Enclosure, What's a Parent to Do? What's a Parent to Know?, Five Literacies in a Nutshell, Literacy as Lever, as Divide View full abstract»

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      Notes

      Rheingold, H. ; Weeks, A.
      Net Smart:How to Thrive Online

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6 View full abstract»

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      Index

      Rheingold, H. ; Weeks, A.
      Net Smart:How to Thrive Online

      Copyright Year: 2012

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6 View full abstract»