In this testament to the power of the little guy, law professor and blogger Reynolds gleefully hails the emergence of a new entrepreneurial class resulting from the democratizing power of technology-the manifestation of his observation that "a society that's rich and free will have citizens who-entirely on their own-develop a wide range of skills." Among the skills he cites are citizen terrorist-busters, hackers and average Joe techies who set up phony jihad sites to foil terrorism in the U.S. Others have taken on big media, forcing newspapers and networks into something "akin to what happened to the Church during the Reformation." Reynolds shows how technology opened up markets to software companies in Poland and to filmmakers and musicians in Africa. Proclaiming good blogging as a combination of "rapid response times" and "personal voice," Reynolds praises the explosion of cyber-self expression, seeing it as yet another way to proliferate information and build knowledge among communities. And while Reynolds may seem naïve in ignoring any potential negatives that could arise from widespread, unmitigated, technology-enabled empowerment and does little to touch upon the ethical implications of the everyman becoming a superman, he brings a contagious sense of optimism to this "new reality."
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George Orwell feared that technology would enable dictators to enslave the masses. Glenn Reynolds shows that technology can empower individuals to determine their own futures and to defeat those who would enslave us. This is a book of profound importance-and also a darn good read.-MICHAEL BARONE, senior writer at U.S. News & World Report and author of Hard America, Soft America--This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Editorial Reviews
Glenn Reynolds describes the reasons behind the sorry state of both secondary and college educational institutions in the US. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Gary A. Glynn
With all the bad news around about NSA spying and drones this book tells the story of the good technology is doing for the everyday soul.Published 20 months ago by ensignp
Brilliant and oh-so-true, this is an insightful, example-filled book about how technology enables a single individual (or many individuals who can more readily connect) to do great... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Janet R. Montgomery
An older discussion of changing technologies and change in the job and business markets--really outdated, and not
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I think most of us want to believe that we can determine our course. In this day it's a hard belief to hold. Can the literal little guy stand up? Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by RB2001
Yes, this met my needs. It will be useful for college and for teaching elementary school after I graduate from college.Published on January 6, 2013 by collegefootball44
Great book and a great named author. Little guy triumphs over big. Technology driven subject I would also recommend a book called technosis.Published on November 21, 2012 by Glenn Reynolds
The world is changing, thankfully, and no one says it better than Glenn Reynolds! For me it is like nirvana discovering how big corporations no longer hold the balance of power. Read morePublished on September 10, 2010 by Lucidboomer