Howard Rheingold at #SXSW : Net Smarts: Essential Skills for Thriving Online
March 12th, 2012

In order to thrive online as individuals — and for the health of the online commons — we need to understand literacies of attention, crap detection, participation, collaboration, and network awareness. Howard Rheingold believes that the critical uncertainty about the future value of the Web depends on whether a sufficient proportion of the population learns these skills. So he has written a book that he wants to be well-received by the knowledgeable and given as a gift to the less knowledgeable. Slated for Spring 2012 publication by MIT Press, Howard Rheingold launches Net Smart today at SXSWi. SX scheduled a book signing session. (table of contents, pdf)

In Net Smart Howard Rheingold shows us how to use social media intelligently, humanely, and, above all, mindfully. (book description)

Questions Answered

1. Is the Web making us stupid, or do we need to learn how to use it effectively?
2. How do we balance multitasking and focus?
3. How do people assess the accuracy of information online?
4. What are the key collaboration skills necessary online today?
5. What do people need to know about networks & social networks to thrive online?

Also notice this recorded session about Net Smart on YouTube and read at Mediashift this interview Roland Legrand had with Howard about Net Smart.

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Comments
1 - Alex R.

I like how you asked ‘is the web making us stupid’ because although it’s quite helpful, we really don’t have the need to figure anything out on our own, thanks to google and other search engines.

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