How to Thrive Online
by Howard Rheingold
HM851 .R52 2012
New Arrivals, 2nd floor
The Interwebs have been a definite game changer in the world, infiltrating nearly every aspect of our life. Some of us [dare I say most?] live surrounded by Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn and YouTube, devouring information and contributing to the conversation on every topic under the sun. This week’s featured title delves into just what it potentially means for our society in the future.
Rheingold, regarded as an influential social media expert, explores the capabilities that the online tools provide for our lives. He looks at ways in which we can leverage their powers for good rather than the sometimes less-than-civil ways in which that can be used. The author discusses digital literacies [attention, participation, collaboration, critical consumption of information, and network smarts] and how these skills lead to personal and societal success.