Markets are as old as the crossroads. But capitalism, as we know it, is only a few hundred years old, enabled by cooperative arrangements and technologies, such as the joint-stock ownership company, shared liability insurance, double-entry bookkeeping.

— Howard Rheingold

The most off-limits Howard Rheingold quotes that will activate your inner potential

Its not a global village, but we're in a highly interconnected globe.

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Democracy is not just voting for your leaders;

it's really premised upon ordinary citizens understanding the issues.

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Knowing of how to make use of online tools without being overloaded with too much information is, like it or not, an essential ingredient to personal success in the twenty-first century.

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I certainly think we're losing a lot of our connections with other people.

I fear in my most pessimistic moments that the computer is simply another step down the road which we have already taken quite a few steps on. We're talking to each other on computers because we don't talk across the fence.

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If you depend on where the chestnuts are going to be, and where the deer are, you have to be attuned to the outside world.

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If, like many others, you are concerned social media is making people and cultures shallow, I propose we teach more people how to swim and together explore the deeper end of the pool.

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Mobile communications and pervasive computing technologies, together with social contracts that were never possible before, are already beginning to change the way people meet, mate, work, war, buy, sell, govern and create.

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A lot of people use collaborative technologies badly, then abandon them.

They aren't 'plug-and-play.' The invisible part is the social skill necessary to use them.

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People's social networks do not consist only of people they see face to face.

In fact, social networks have been extending because of artificial media since the printing press and the telephone.

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I think e-mail petitions are an illusion.

It gives people the illusion that they're participating in some meaningful political action.

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Technology no longer consists just of hardware or software or even services, but of communities. Increasingly, community is a part of technology, a driver of technology, and an emergent effect of technology.

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You can't pick up the telephone and say, 'Connect me with someone else who has a kid with leukemia.'

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About Howard Rheingold

Quotes 115 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday July 7, 1947

Craigslist is about authenticity. Craig has paid his dues, and people respect him.

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We must take responsibility for educating ourselves.

Being part of a 'smart mob' doesn't guarantee that you're a responsible participant or collaborator.

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Attention is a limited resource, so pay attention to where you pay attention.

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Some digital natives are extraordinarily savvy.

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When designers replaced the command line interface with the graphical user interface, billions of people who are not programmers could make use of computer technology.

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You can't have an industrial revolution, you can't have democracies, you can't have populations who can govern themselves until you have literacy. The printing press simply unlocked literacy.

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Of course, with agriculture came the first big civilizations, the first cities built of mud and brick, the first empires. And it was the administers of these empires who began hiring people to keep track of the wheat and sheep and wine that was owed and the taxes that was owed on them by making marks; marks on clay in that time.

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The great power of the Internet is it allows people who don't know each other.

.. to connect with people with shared interests. The shared interests might be that 'I have a kid with leukemia.' Or, 'I'm a Nazi.' It gives marginalized people more power.

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Openness and participation are antidotes to surveillance and control.

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The neural network is this kind of technology that is not an algorithm, it is a network that has weights on it, and you can adjust the weights so that it learns. You teach it through trials.

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When the Appollonian strain took over in Greece, they made them into theaters and the original dramas.

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The Western model for a meeting is you have an agenda and you come in and everyone says things.

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By the time you get a job, you know how to behave in a meeting or how to write a simple memo.

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It's too late by the way, with virtual reality. You can't put the genie back into the bottle.

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Americans love technology, like jet planes and hot rods and televisions.

It's a real conflict between the denial of, "gee this is going to break people out of their regular frames," and "gee it's a new technology I have got to have it."

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Telecommuting has its advantages and it has its limits.

I think we need to find that sweet spot in between where it helps the environment, it helps people, but it doesn't alienate us and it doesn't cause our organizations to fall apart by centrifugal force.

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Like most modern Americans, I assume individuality is not only a fundamental value, but a goal in life, an art form.

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The body is just the vehicle for something else.

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1947 America blasted off.

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There are these two strands, the Dionysian and the Appollonian, and in the same theater grew up from these folks who during the day were just ordinary citizens, and at night they would sneak off to the woods and party.

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What the Japanese are, are the Americans of the 21st century.

Essentially what is objectionable about them is what was objectionable about Americans when we had the ball. However, they are committed in a way that American technology is not.

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The audience is a big part of the show.

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One thing we didn't know in 1996 is that it's very, very difficult, if not impossible, to sustain a culture with online advertising.

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We don't have a revolution, and we don't have the time for evolution, where does it come from? It must come from some kind of shared experience that everybody agrees with.

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The industrial revolution took the father out of the home and put the kids in school. And then everyone had their own little scene.

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We know where the television is - everything has to be a sound bite;

everything has to be an image; ideas are okay as long as they don't take more than four or five seconds to explain; candidates and issues are commodities that are sold like cans of soup; entertainment is limited to what a few people believe the lowest common denominator is; and you can't talk back to it.

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There are performances in which the people who have the best muscle skills and musical history may be on the stage, but it's not  -  like a Dead show is not like a usual sit-down performance; the audience does participate.

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In Japanese organizations, before you have a meeting and you've got an idea that you want to get across, you go talk to everyone and list them. And then the meeting, you don't do it American style where everyone gets up and advocates and conflicts and decides, you get up and formalize agreements.

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Humans are humans because we are able to communicate with each other and to organize to do things together that we can't do individually.

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The AP has only so many reporters, and CNN only has so many cameras, but we've got a world full of people with digital cameras and Internet access.

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A phone tree isn't an ancient form of political organizing, but you have to call every person.

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Finding a name for something is a way of conjuring its existence, of making it possible for people to see a pattern where they didn't see anything before.

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We can design things that learn, so you can grow an intelligence by creating an environment and creating things that just do it a million time faster than we do.

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We are taught what reality is in all kinds of ways.

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Mobile phones amplify human talents for cooperation.

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There may be a jump on electronic LSD with virtual reality, and the problem just with saying LSD, enough time has gone by that there is no distinction between psychedelics and other drugs.

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Make your own fun. As opposed to consume fun like a package of Spam.

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