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Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory Of The Web
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on April 29, 2002
A fading internet marketer grasps desparately at the fading dollar signs of the net phenom. This is an empty box of styrofoam peanuts, form with no substance. Cliche after thundering cliche evaporates off the pages; here you will find such nuggets of secret wisdom as "The Web: unreal and proud of it," or the breathless "Our shared world isn't the surface of the earth" (!)
This book seems to be not much more than Mr. W's attempt to establish some name recognition for himself as an Internet Guru, so as to generate more biz for his marketing consultancy. On the other hand, if you liked Cluetrain, with its adolescent pronouncements, you'll like this. It's your money, folks. If you want to read thoughtful, well-researched writing about the Internet and its impact, pick up anything by Lawrence Lessig.
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on May 15, 2003
Don't buy this book.
This book is a 2003 version of a 1995 "links page". Lots of places to go, none of them very useful.
I found that about 80% of the sites and services Weinberger talked about sites I'd already seen. Additionally hugely important concepts like Reed's law were brushed over. I wonder if the author really understands it and its implications for business.
If you want an interesting read about something happening today, try reading "Flu-the story of the great influenza pandemic of 1918". Its a totally different topic, but a much better read and you'll understand some of the thinking and goings on around SARS.
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on April 5, 2002
I did not find this book insightful or useful. I returned it to Amazon and I would wait until more reviews are posted before buying it. I'm not a "web-head" but I either didn't get or don't buy what the author is saying. Sorry.
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on May 16, 2002
Washed-up sixties radical tries to jump on the internet bandwagon, stumbles, falls flat on his face - a sad, sad spectacle.
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