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An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths Paperback – February 4, 2007
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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.
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For those who do not frequent the blog, this book will be quite a different sort of adventure in the future than is usual: so accustomed I am to panic-mongering and doomsaying with books of this sort (froth-mouthed heralding of global warming, virulent pandemics, all of the "coming storm" offal), that this book and others like it (Ray Kurzweil's Singularity, for instance) are a breath of fresh air. The roles of "Big Business", "Big Media" (including Fox News, my rapacious fellow reviewers), and "Big Government" are reevaluated in the face of currently available technology that distributes power in a dynamic, decentralized order that can potentially revolutionize modern society. This is a future I am captivated by and embrace, thus I heartily recommend this book.
Composed of twelve chapters, An Army of Davids examines our society from the bottom up. The analysis begins with the growing number of small businesses, specifically work-at-home jobs, in contrast Dilbert type office jobs. Reynolds suggests that this shift will continue and will be beneficial as a crime deterrent and for more stable families. Moving on, Reynolds looks at recent developments in music technology, the war on terror, and media as instances of individuals becoming more powerful and important.
After a brief interlude on good blogging, Reynolds continues by making the case that war video games have become the best educational tool for military history and tactics. He then moves on to discuss the possibilities available from the development of nano and age-prolonging technologies. The final chapters explore our potential for space exploration and reaching "singularity." Singularity, I think, refers to the point in time where technological advancement occurs beyond the grasp of human intelligence.
While an Army of Davids has much to offer, it also has a few problems. For one, the discussion of singularity went mostly over my head, and I think that's mostly because I couldn't find a clear definition in the book that could help make sense of the discussion.Read more ›
Glenn Reynolds is best known as being the "Instapundit." His blog makes just about every other blog in the world look miniscule in comparison. His site gets more readers in a day than many blogs get in a decade. Just about every blogger dreams of someday having the audience and influence of the Instapundit. Most never will.
In some ways, Reynolds is the ultimate "little guy." Or that is how he started out, in any case. He represents a new breed of reporter who has arisen to challenge the mainstream media. With little more than a web site built upon free software and a desire to share what his interest in current events, he has become extraordinarily widely-read and influential. It was no great surprise, then, to learn that he had written a book that would seek to explain "how markets and technology empower ordinary people to beat big media, big government and other Goliaths." There are few people more qualified to join this discussion.
I was expecting a book about blogging and the power of new media.Read more ›
In his new book, An Army Of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths (Nelson Current, 2006), successful blogger Glenn Reynolds (otherwise know as Instapundit) lays out a convincing case for the transformative effect of today's technology and the technologies to come. The publishing ease and worldwide reach of the Internet has put individuals in head to head competition with metropolitan newspapers. Thus, the phenomenon known as "the blogosphere".
But are blogs the end of the road or just the beginning? Reynolds portends that new technologies will spread the benefits of a captalist marketplace through the increased freedom and entrepreneurism endemic to emerging technologies. The new landscape will enable individuals and small nible organizations to compete with large bureaucracies and stogy old corporate empires. To a certain extent we've witnessed this effect in the likes of Microsoft taking on IBM and the blogosphere taking on Dan Rather and CBS news.
However, Reynolds argues that the future will offer more advantages and greater opportunity for enterprising individuals than ever before. Let's hope he's right, because nothing could be more desirable for the human condition than to witness individuals gaining greater freedom, liberty, and personal responsibility to administer their own affairs as they see fit...
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Glenn Reynolds describes the reasons behind the sorry state of both secondary and college educational institutions in the US. Read morePublished on June 7, 2014 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 on December 22, 2013 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 on December 5, 2013 by Janet Rae Montgomery
An older discussion of changing technologies and change in the job and business markets--really outdated, and not
very informative about these markets or how to access them,... Read more
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 Nick W.