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An Army of Davids: How Markets And Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, And Other Goliaths Hardcover – February 7, 2006
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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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About the Author
Glenn Reynolds, law professor at the University of Tennessee, is known throughout the Internet as one of the premier bloggers on his site Instapundit.com. A contributing editor to TechCentralStation, Reynolds also blogs for MSNBC at GlennReynolds.com and has had his writings featured in the New York Times, Popular Mechanics, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, and Wall Street Journal. Reynolds is the coauthor of Outer Space: Problems of Law and Policy and The Appearance of Impropriety: How the Ethics Wars Have Undermined American Government, Business, and Society. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It's a fun and breezy book, as any InstaPundit fan would expect. It is wide-ranging and eclectic. And it is optimistic... perhaps too optimistic, in the face of all kinds of incontrovertible evidence of the prevalence of human malice. Judeo-Christian religions recognize it as original sin. But maybe nanotechnology can eliminate spite and malice from the human mind. Maybe.
If we're colonizing space, I would try it, and I would take my kids. There has to be someone in the space colonies who makes up ridiculous anthems to memorize lengthy texts, does there not? And that modern troubador could be me! La!
I got some ideas for future reading:
+ Robert Fogel's The Escape From Hunger and Premature Death
+ Nick Bostrom's article on aging
+ Martyn Fogg's Terraforming
+ William Wu's article in Ad Astra
+ Joel Miller's Size Matters
Those will all go on the Amazon wish list for my Christmas shoppers.
My "this-week's-great-idea" that sprang up from reading An Army of Davids is this: why not let Amazon operate libraries? For a subscription, Amazon could route books from your wish list into your local library branch, notify you that they are there, and have them held for you. They could partner with existing public libraries for this. Or they could even deliver them to your house a la NetFlix. Return them when you are done. I daresay they could make a case that subscription fees could be better than their second-hand market. My local library takes forever to get in the books I am interested in -- Amazon could do this in an amazing way. Also, Amazon's search capabilities are so much better than my library's -- maybe that could work.
I know, I know, haven't I ever heard of Kindle?
I read in the tub and at the pool. What happens if you drop a kindle into the water?
It is the embodiment of our new Tea Party! It is no longer the Big no longer eat the small.. it is the fast that eat the slow.
An Army of Davids shows how the big corps and big gov are failing and how the individual remains the most powerful cutlural and economic force in our day. Perhaps in any day for that matter.
As a lawyer, Reynolds is a trained "issue spotter." He does not purport to know all of the answers, but the recognition of an issue is the first step to understanding it and capitalizing on it. An Army of Davids does a great job of raising a lot of issues that society, businesses and the "establishment" must grapple with over the next twenty years.
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