Howard Rheingold to talk about his new book "NetSmart"
Submitted by jrjacobs@stanfo... on Wed, 04/04/2012 - 11:12.
Come hear social media guru Professor Howard Rheingold talk about how you can thrive online. In his new book, Net Smart (here's a sample chapter), Prof. Rheingold explores how to use "social media intelligently, humanely, and above all, mindfully." Please forward the Facebook event for the talk.
When: Thursday April 5, 2012 at 6pm
Where: Braun Auditorium (Mudd Chemistry Building)
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. I outline 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. I explain how attention works, and how we can use our attention to focus on the tiny relevant portion of the incoming tsunami of information. I describe the quality of participation that empowers the best of the bloggers, netizens, tweeters, and other online community participants; I examine how successful online collaborative enterprises contribute new knowledge to the world in new ways; and I present a lesson on networks and network building.
There is a bigger social issue at work in digital literacy, one that goes beyond personal empowerment. If we combine our 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.