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
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?