Rheingold's Netsmarts

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Rheingold outlines five fundamental digital literacies in his book, Netsmarts - How to Thrive Online; attention, participation, collaboration, critical consumption of information (or "crap detection"), and network smarts.

He explains how attention works, and how we can use our attention to focus on the tiny relevant portion of the incoming tsunami of information. He describes the quality of participation that empowers the best of the bloggers, netizens, tweeters, and other online community participants; he examines how successful online collaborative enterprises contribute new knowledge to the world in new ways; and he teaches us a lesson on networks and network building.

5 fundamental digital literacies


"Making Virtual Com­munities, Collective Intelligence, and Knowledge Networks Work for You"


'Crap Detection'

Critical consumption of information, how to sieve through information for the good bits.


Small Worlds to Privacy Settings, from Weak Ties to Social Capitals

Attention Management

Collaborative Area


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Book Technical Specs

  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262526131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262526135
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches

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