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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit screedy, but like your spinach, you need to eat this book, October 9, 2010
This review is from: Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (Paperback)
You could say its strangely ironic how something that touts new media comes out in an old media jacket (i.e. a book). But ignoring that, we'll say Wikinomics was a product of its times. The ebullience of the rise of the blogosphere, etc. The book mentions Facebook only once or twice while waxing on about how great MySpace is. The book would be a nice epitaph for MySpace, certainly nobody is going to shoot a film about MySpace. Frankly, I've never even been on Friendster which it also talks about and is further into its death spiral.

It fails to address some key points about collaboration. Collaboration is ephemeral. A flick of a switch or a failure to pay the ISP and your collaboration is down the crapper. Also, 99% of collaboration is blather. Just read the Amazon message boards if you doubt me: the same old same old rehashed? "Does God exist?" "Why do people do chemotherapy if it doesn't work?" I could care less, go read something by a real philosopher if you want to gain insight. Many people would say my review is blather.

I rankle at being left out of yet-another-cool-generation. I am a year too old for Generation X, two decades too old for the "Net generation". Even the New Agers propagate this obsolescence message: get out of the way, the Indigo Children are here. Scr3w them. Yeah, when I'm dead they'll have possession of the planet but I didn't like hearing "children are the future" when I was in my 20s either.

The book touts Linux as the savior of mankind. Yet recent Ubuntu builds I have trouble making work right on a plain Jane laptop. Why is it so successful for servers and yet such abysmally minimal impact into the consumer market. It's not because people like Windows 7 so much. They don't, they just tolerate it and it for the most part does what its supposed to do.
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