Social media philosophy blog
Friday October 19th 2018

Suggested reading

Social media: a turn for the better

These are books that I have found useful to understand the positive dynamics in the development of social technologies.

Jenkins, H (2008). Convergence culture: where old and new media collide. New York: New York University Press.
The Bible for mass media studies on social media, establishing the foundational concept of convergence.

Li, C and Bernoff, J (2008). Groundswell: winning in a world transformed by social technologies. Boston MA: Harvard Business Press.
One of the most influential works on the theme “the business world is being transformed by social media”.

Qualman, E. (2009). Socialnomics: how social media transforms the way we live and do business. Hoboken NJ: Wiley.
Another one of the most influential works on how the business world is being transformed by social media. Actually much superior to groundswell.

Shirky, C (2008). Here comes everybody: how change happens when people come together. London: Penguin books.
Shirky brings revolutionizing ideas to how social media is transforming the way we work.

Shirky, C (2010). Cognitive surplus: creativity and generosity in a connected age. London: Allen Lane.
The main idea is that humankind is getting off the couch and passive consumerism, bringing immense brainpower to the Internet.

Smith, G. (2008). Tagging: people-powered meta-data for the social Web. Berkeley CA: New Riders.
A real primer on the finer points of social tagging. Essential reading.

Surowiecki, J (2006). The wisdom of crowds: why the many are smarter than the few. London: Abacus.
The foundational book for the idea of crowd sourcing.

Tapscott, D (2009). Grown up digital: how the net generation is changing your world. New York: McGraw-Hill.
One of many important books on the net generation. Challenging follow-up to the book Growing up Digital (1998) by the same author.

Tapscott, D and Williams, AD (2008). Wikinomics: how mass collaboration changes everything. London: Atlantic books.
How wikis are changing the organization of work and challenging professionals. There is always more relevant competence outside the organization than inside…

Weinberger, D (2007). Everything is miscellaneous: the power of the new digital disorder. New York: Holt paperbacks.
On the surface an easy read on information philosophy. As Weinberger leads us on, we are led into a new paradigm for understanding information, knowledge and meaning. A paradigm shattering book.

Social media: a turn for the worse

These are books I have found useful in order to understand the problematic areas of the current develop meant of the Internet, the World Wide Web and social technologies.

Carr, N. (2010). The shallows: how the Internet is changing the way we think, read and remember. London: Atlantic books.
Is the Internet leading humankind into a form of reading pattern that makes our thinking more shallow? Essential criticism.

Chadwick, A. and Howard, PN (Eds.) (2010). The Routledge handbook of Internet politics. London: Routledge.
Boring book title, but many interesting articles in this brick of a book.

Chander, A, Gelman, L. and Radin, MJ (Eds.) (2008). Securing privacy in the Internet age. Stanford CA: Stanford law books.
A number of articles that takes an inventory of things we can actually do to improve on privacy.

Conti, G (2009). Googling security. How much does Google know about you? Boston: Addison-Wesley.
A really scary book by Internet security expert Conti. Information is slippery and Internet is all polished ice. The book concludes with a section on tips for making surfing a tiny bit less scary.

Lessig, L (2008). Remix: making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy. London: Bloomsbury.
Fundamental book on what Lessig calls “read and write”and “read only” cultures. Modern social technologies holds the potential of correcting some of the problems of the 20th century mass culture explosion.

Mayer-Schönberger, V. (2009). Delete: the virtue of forgetting in the digital age. Princeton: Princeton University press.
Discussion on forgetting in the digital age where gigabytes are cheap and so is privacy.

O’Hara, K and Shadbolt, N (2008). The spy in the coffee machine: the end of privacy as we know it. Oxford: Oneworld
A slightly less technical and scary book than the one written by Conti on Internet security and privacy.

Zittrain, J (2008). The future of the Internet and how to stop it. London: Yale University Press.
Introduces an advanced understanding of the development of the Internet as a generative technology that is on a dangerous trajectory. Essential reading.

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