- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 17 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 27, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005PTOXFY
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Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live Audible – Unabridged
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While Jarvis acknowledges that privacy has its uses, he is a gigantic advocate of openness, of public access to information, rather than containment. He backs his advocacy with examples that range from the very personal level (where we hear about his urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction after his prostate cancer surgery) to the international level, where he argues that "governments should be public by default, private only by necessity". Good governments, he says, are transparent. Bad governments are invariably, and often lethally, private. While conscious of the collateral damage that can occur with making some forms of information public, I think he would agree with the thought that when all is said and done, when all the dust is settled, when all the fires of public outrage die down, being public with information is a large net gain to society compared to a culture of privacy.Read more ›
Some will bristle at the notion that privacy "rights" should be balanced against any other right or value. If we desire the benefits of a more open and transparent society, however, it is a conversation we need to have. As Jarvis correctly notes, publicness improves interpersonal relationships, empowers communities, strengthens social ties, enables greater collaboration, promotes transparency and truth-seeking, and helps enliven deliberative democracy, among many other things.
Of course, new innovations in information technology -- the printing press, cameras, microphones, and now search engines and social networking -- have always spawned new privacy tensions. Ultimately, though, they also bring tremendous benefits, Jarvis correctly notes. The Internet revolution and all the angst that it entails is just the latest in this reoccurring cycle. We're going through the same growing pains our ancestors did with previous technologies and it's important not to overreact.
Whatever your view on privacy and the law governing it, it's always good to hear the other side of the story. Jarvis delivers it here with gusto and makes a powerful case for re-framing the way we think about these challenging issues going forward. Incidentally, those who find this topic of interest should also check out "The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us To Choose Between Privacy And Freedom?" by David Brin, which also makes the case for increased information sharing and publicness.
[My longer review of "Public Parts" can be found at Forbes.com]
Nevertheless, one can find nuggets of information that clearly show the potential impact of business models that rely on sharing (e.g. - TinyURL resulting in more clickthroughs than direct search on Google - showing the latent potential of Facebook-like platforms on monetizing connections/sharing and the increase in effectiveness of marketing, more relevant targeting). Readers familiar with the domain may not significantly benefit from the discussion on other applications such as Foursquare and many others that are focused on sharing purchase information. Overall, Jarvis makes the argument that sharing information will eventually lead to better targeted more relevant ads, that in turn increase the click-throughs - a win for the advertiser and the platform - and presumably for the target.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Personal Data Protection: this is about you, this is about your privacy. On the other hand, your freedom to move, speak, think, express. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R-LONDON
"Public Parts" is a useful contribution to the public dialogue around privacy concerns. It doesn't have a compelling narrative and isn't a particularly fun read -- it... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Biz Book Reader
The book is reasonably researched and supports and explains Jarvis views about publicness and privacy. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jose M. Cane
Jeff Jarvis paints a world where Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc. all work together to make the world a better place because living are life more or less transparently on the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Stradify
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History brought people various benefits and a new problem by Gutenberg's printing technique invention. Read more
Lets talk about price... The Kindle and Audible price are well above the hardcover price ... WHAT GIVES! This is NOT RIGHT! Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by JOHN P STONE
Mr. Jarvis is to be commended for the clarity of thought and honest passion in examining the ever-evolving complexities and challenges of living in the internet-connected world. Read morePublished on January 20, 2012 by Gary Oppenhuis
To hell with the handful of naysayers in academe who criticize brilliant minds like Jeff Jarvis and Clay Shirky for being "Internet Intellectuals"; they think deeply and are able... Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by heavydutyguitar
"Public Parts" is a play on Howard Stern's book, "Private Parts." Jarvis parallels this with his choice to reveal everything about his prostate cancer. Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by J Kragt