- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Anchor Canada; Reprint edition (Aug. 30 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385679580
- ISBN-13: 978-0385679589
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters Paperback – Aug 30 2016
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Longlisted for the National Business Book Award
"Insightful." —The Globe and Mail
"[Hermida is] wonderfully clear eyed about contemporary culture. . . . His lucid, energetic prose demonstrates his reportorial instincts. . . . As Hermida moves from topic to topic—politics, marketing, revolutions, labour unrest, etc.—he delivers many . . . thought-provoking insights." —The Globe and Mail
“This thoughtful and often amusing social history of social media shows how the abundance of information available today affects how we understand and give context to world events . . . [This] book succeeds by using real-life examples—from Tahrir Square to Anthony Weiner’s sexting mishap.” —Toronto Star
“Tell Everyone is an easy read with lots of takeaway . . . one of the first books to successfully explain the sharing logic of social media.” —Digital Journalism
"Hermida does a good job of presenting the happy side of social media and the effect it has on the world, while still acknowledging the drawbacks, imperfections, and misunderstandings of what has become a cultural norm. . . . Tell Everyone is an excellent read for anyone trying to make sense of the morphed landscape of technological advancement that we are all living in." —Vancouver Weekly
"Tell Everyone gives the reader the chance to inhabit what many think is a tantalising if largely unachievable environment—a world of reflection and context amid the chaos and opportunity of the constantly evolving media landscape. Hermida’s work highlights patterns of failure through the ages and clues about what behaviour stands the test of time. I found the book a very helpful guide to understanding the author’s main preoccupation of why we share and why it matters."
—David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail
"To share is human. This truth is so obvious that we routinely overlook it when caught up in competitive games and territorial defensiveness. But no one running a company, a team or a family stands a chance of success until they inspire and liberate our collaborative, communicative instincts. Hermida understands this and sees it in everything we do, make and build. The technology may be new but message is eternal: Information—like power—makes its greatest impact when it is shared." —Margaret Heffernan, author of A Bigger Prize: How We Can Do Better than the Competition
"In Tell Everyone Alfred Hermida explores the inverted news paradigm created by user-generated content and social media. His investigations give us critical insight into one of the most disrupted industries of the post internet era. A must read for anyone who cares about the way we now make and receive our news." —Michael Tippett, Director, New Products, Hootsuite Labs
"We all know social media has changed our world but Tell Everyone is the first serious attempt to analyze what that change really means. From street protests to relationships to news coverage and everything in between, Alfred Hermida's fascinating new book answers the question 'what have we created and are we better off for it?' #youwanttoreadthisbook." —Peter Mansbridge
"An insightful and compelling look at how the communication and the distribution of information has changed—now that practically everyone has their own forum to ‘broadcast’ at their fingertips." —Kirstine Stewart
“An excellent analysis of how social media is changing social and media dynamics.” —John Stackhouse, former editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail
“A wide-ranging book about what to be aware of, as social media becomes an increasingly important tool in our work or life. It will be of interest to you if you’re wondering how social media specifically impacts entertainment, activism, politics, international crises, marketing or business.” —New Canadian Media
“A remarkable book characterized by smart insights, a lively narrative and impressive research.” —J-source.ca
"A lightning fast read still chock-full of important takeaways. Whether you’re in public relations, journalism or advertising, Hermida’s carefully researched tome will help open your eyes to the hazards and potential inherent in today’s social mediasphere—and maybe leave you reassessing your next tweet, to boot.” —Communications @ Syracuse University
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
ALFRED HERMIDA is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, where his research and teaching focuses on digital journalism, social media and new forms of storytelling. A former BBC television, radio, and online journalist, he has also contributed to The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, and NPR. Among his numerous awards is a 2015 National Business Book Award and a 2010 Canadian Online Publishing Award for best blog, for Reportr.net. In 2011, he was recognized by the Digi Awards as one of Canada's top three social media mavens.
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To begin, he provides a cursory survey of the psychology underpinning the way people share information online: stories that make us happy are more likely to go viral than those that make us sad, though anger and disgust also turn out to be strong motivators for what gets liked, retweeted, and otherwise passed around.
Unfortunately, Hermida’s arguments read as one-sided and limited in their scope; the author cherry-picks examples and ignores anything that undermines his own agenda. He insists on the importance of social media in elevating voices on the ground during the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011, neglecting more recent findings that said influence was overstated. He quotes poet and fellow digital evangelist John Perry Barlow, who wrote that people online should be free to “express [their] beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity,” but ignores the damaging way in which herd mentality operates online. Furthermore, he disregards the dark side of social-media conversations, which at worst can drive a bullied teen like Amanda Todd to suicide, arguing instead that people adding to comment threads “are driven by a desire to nourish relationships with others.”
Oversimplification and a refusal to acknowledge opposing views ultimately render Hermida's analysis incomplete and unconvincing.
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