This item:Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold Howard Rheingold is a leading authority on the social implications of technology. From Tokyo to Helsinki, Manhattan to Manila, Howard Rheingold takes us on a journey around the world for a preview of the next techno-cultural shift-a shift he. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. The title of this book is a mild pun. People are Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution – Kindle edition by Howard Rheingold. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or.

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A smart mob is a group whose coordination and communication abilities have been empowered by digital communication technologies. The concept was introduced by Howard Rheingold in his book Smartt Mobs: The Next Social Revolution.

These technologies that empower smart mobs include the Internetcomputer-mediated communication such as Internet Relay Chatand wireless devices like mobile phones and personal digital assistants.

Methodologies like peer-to-peer networks and ubiquitous computing are also changing the ways in which people rheingodl and share information. Smart mobs sometimes are manipulated by the dispatchers who control the ‘mobbing system’ i.

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There is a tendency to keep the dynamics of smart mobbing ‘covert’, and not to discuss such incidents on the internet. Flash mobs are a specific form of smart mob, originally describing a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, do something unusual and pointless for a brief period of time, then quickly mmobs.

The difference between flash and smart mobs is primarily with regards to their duration: Smart mobs have begun to have an impact in current events, as mobile phones and amart messages have empowered everyone from revolutionaries in Malaysia to individuals protesting the second Iraq War.

Individuals who have divergent worldviews and methods rheingole been able to coordinate short-term. A entry in the Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology noted that the term may be “fading from public use”. A forerunner to the idea can be found in the work of anarchist thinker Kropotkin, “fishermen, hunters, travelling merchants, builders, or settled craftsmen came together for a common pursuit.


According to CNNthe first smart mobs were teenage “thumb tribes” in Tokyo and Helsinki who used text messaging on cell rheingoldd to organize impromptu raves or to stalk celebrities.


For instance, in Tokyo, crowds of teenage fans would assemble seemingly spontaneously at subway stops where a rock musician was rumored to be headed. The invited guests wear only white clothes and gather at a chosen spot, knowledge of which they have only a short time beforehand. They bring along food, drink, chairs and a table and the whole group then gathers to have a meal, after which they disperse. The event has been held each year in different places in mobe centre of Paris.


It is not a normal cultural event because it is not advertised and only those who have received an invite attend—information on the chosen location is transferred by text message or more recently Twitter. The number of people attending has grown, into over 10, The Professional Contractors Group organised the first smart mob in the UK in when contractors turned up at The House of Commons to lobby their MP following an email sent out a few days before.

In the days after the U. On the first Saturday after the election, more than significant protests took place—many with thousands of participants—without any traditional organizing effort. moobs

Exley wrote in December that the self-organized protests “demonstrated that a fundamental change is taking place in our national political life. It’s not the Internet per se, but the emerging potential for any individual to communicate—for free and anonymously if necessary—with any other individual.

In the Philippines ina group of protesters organized via text messaging gathered at the EDSA Shrinethe site of the revolution that overthrew Ferdinand Marcosto protest the corruption of President Joseph Estrada. The protest grew quickly, and Estrada was soon removed from office.


The Critical Mass bicycling events, dating back toare also sometimes compared to smart mobs, due to their self-organizing manner of assembly. Essentially, the smart mob is a practical implementation of collective intelligence.

According to Rheingold, examples of smart mohs are the street protests organized by the anti-globalization movement. The Free State Project has been described in ‘ Foreign Policy ‘ as an example of potential “smart mob rule “.

The comic book Global Frequencywritten by Warren Ellisdescribes a covert, non-governmental intelligence organization built around a smart mob of people that are called on to provide individual expertise in solving extraordinary crises. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.

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