Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder Paperback – April 29 2008
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- Item Weight : 364 g
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0805088113
- Product dimensions : 13.46 x 1.83 x 20.32 cm
- Publisher : Holt Paperbacks; First edition (April 29 2008)
- ASIN : 0805088113
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #901,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
“The world is messy, like it or not, and it's only going to get messier as the Web destroys rules and rule-makers. You can either complain about the chaos and wish for the good old days of order, or you can buy this book and understand why delirious disorder will soon make us all smarter.” ―Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail
“David Weinberger attacks the complexity of the real world, not by making it simple, but by making it clear. Once he explains how things can be in more than one place at a time--and make sense--you'll never look at a humble index card the same way again.” ―Esther Dyson
“From how information is organised, to the nature of knowledge and how meaning is determined, this book is a profound contribution to understanding the impact of the digital revolution.” ―Richard Sambrook, director, BBC Global News
“Everything Is Miscellaneous is a rare and mesmerizing mix: one the one hand, it's an essential guide to latest information age trends, one that will be extremely useful for businesses and consumers alike. But the book is much more than that as well: it's a probing and profound exploration of how we create meaning in the world.” ―Steven Johnson, author of The Ghost Map and Everything Bad Is Good For You
“Just when I thought I understood the world, David Weinberger turns it upside down--and rightside up--again. Everything Is Miscellaneous explains the radical changes happening in digital information--and therefore in society as a whole.” ―Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and chair, Wikia.com
About the Author
David Weinberger is the co-author of the international bestseller The Cluetrain Manifesto and the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined. A fellow at Harvard University, Weinberger writes for such publications as Wired and the Harvard Business Review and is a frequent commentator for NPR's All Things Considered. In 1994, he founded Evident Marketing, a strategic marketing firm on technology issues. He lives in Boston.
Top review from Canada
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While there are a handful of interesting parts in the book (in particular 2-3 pages on tagging data, and the beginning discussion between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd order data might be a useful conceptual device) I was grossly unimpressed with it on the whole. For a better read and more useful investment of reading time, turn to Negroponte, Sunstein, Lessig, or even Erik Davis. Alternately, just go to Wired's website and spend the couple hours reading the free articles there that you'd otherwise be spending reading this book. I can almost guarantee your time at Wired will be better spent.
Top reviews from other countries
A very good book and quite readable given the subject matter. You will learn more about classifying and the shortcomings thereof than you will have learnt in your life (unless you are already an expert.) Excellent stuff and the only reason it doesn't have 5 stars is that Weinberger doesn't cover those items which are fixed within a particular organisation such as a 'sales order' or 'terms and conditions'. Sometimes things are simpler than he says!
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