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      "SMART MOBS: THE NEXT SOCIAL REVOLUTION"
      By Howard Rheingold

      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0738206083/newheavenneweart

      The following summary comes from the FUTUREdition newsletter
      Volume 5, Number 18
      October 10, 2002
      Edited by John L. Petersen

      http://www.arlingtoninstitute.org/products_services/futuredition.html

      After forecasting the PC revolution in 1985 and the internet explosion in
      1993, Howard Rheingold sees the world on the verge of yet another
      transformation in telecommunications and, ultimately, social structures
      world-wide. In his ew book "Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution",
      Rheingold coins the phrase "Smart Mobs" to describe groups of people who use
      mobile communications and computer networks to organize collective actions
      in new ways. By combing the globe for technological hot spots for two
      years, he observed how Smart Mobs use instant communication toward faster
      and more effective mobilization, what he calls "swarming".

      He witnessed the swarming of Smart Mobs in the overthrow of President
      Estrada in the Phillipines when demonstrators mobilized and voiced
      discontent in the form of forwarded cell phone messages. Evidence also came
      from the types of communications shared by protestors at the WTO protests in
      Seattle in 1999. Even in the September 11 attacks on the United States,
      victims in the plane that went down in Pennsylvania were able to access
      information of other attacks via mobile devices and take actions that
      prevented further tragedy.

      Plainly, Rheingold says, Smart Mobs are combining two current technologies:
      the mobile communication device and the internet. To Rheingold, this
      combination represents a third wave in communications technology that will
      create something new and revolutionary, changing the social structure and
      advancing communications in similar, if not more dramatic ways as the PC and
      internet of the past.

      For more information, TAI has collected the following sources on Rheingold
      and his new book:

      "Edge" provides in-depth and insightful comments about the social
      implications of "Smart Mobs."
      http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/rheingold/rheingold_print.html

      The Feature posts an interesting interview with Rheingold about his book and
      the next social revolution.
      http://www.thefeature.com/index.jsp?url=article.jsp?pageid=19666

      The "New York Times" published an informational article that delves into the
      benefits and drawbacks to Smart Mobs.
      http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/22/technology/22NECO.html

      Smartmobs.com provides a summary of the book.
      http://www.smartmobs.com/book/book_summ.html

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