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Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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“A refreshing take on a topic often covered by people who feel that the Internet…threatens to imperil our children and undermine our society.”—Jessi Hempel, Forbes.com
"This is a superior work. Not only is it well researched and elegantly argued but he makes some original observations about how digital technology is changing the nature of human self-expression."—John Gapper, The Financial Times
"Jarvis offers a persuasive and personal look at why sharing things publicly on the Web should become the norm... Jarvis works methodically in Public Parts to unravel long-held beliefs about why openness online is dangerous... Jarvis' message of openness will be provocative to many, but what he explores is only the beginning of a revolution that will continue to change how we use the Web—and how the Web uses us."—Mark W. Smith, Detroit Free Press
"The author of What Would Google Do? returns with another thoughtful look at the Internet age. A welcome and well-reasoned counterpoint to the arguments that social-networking sites and the easy availability of personal information online are undermining our society and putting our safety at risk... A must-read for anyone interested in the issue of connectivity versus privacy."—David Pitt, Booklist
"It's important and will become more so, and I'm very glad Jeff has written his valuable book."—Stephen Baker, author of The Numerati
"How do we define what is public and what is private? What are the benefits and dangers of living a life in which everything is shared? Jarvis explores these questions and more in his immensely readable, chatty style... No one knows what's going to happen next. But people like Jarvis are having fun making sense of these confusing early years."—Niall Firth, New Scientist
"Jarvis makes a powerful case for re-framing the way we think about privacy, and for better appreciating the benefits of “publicness” in the information age."—Adam Thierer, Forbes.com
About the Author
Jeff Jarvis blogs about media, news, technology, and business at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, and lives in the New York area.
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Public Parts is a must-read for anyone. Period.
Not just business pros, though they'll doubtless benefit from the discussion of how the era of Radical Transparency can benefit business. Not just netizens, though they'll find the discussion of civil rights in the digital space invaluable in protecting themselves and advancing their own ideas. Not just PR pros, though they'll be comforted by the litany of case studies that will help them justify "doing the right thing" to the C-Suite.
I greatly value Jarvis views and wasn’t disappointed with the value the book added me with its information, but especially with the questions raised and the perspective offered, which helped me better understand the issue.
Overall you won’t get a lot of insights if you follow Jarvis and his ideas, but even so you’ll gain some new perspectives. If you don’t know much about his ideas I highly recommend the book, since I think he has a deep understanding of how the net is evolving, especially in reference to communications.
However, it flies in the face of most conventional wisdom, and I am not sure it really will work in a less than perfect world.
As the majority of the Facebook and Google users will acknowledge, privacy is a hot issue right now. Privacy advocate groups are everywhere, so a different opinion is needed to balance the world. And that's where Jeff Jarvis' book comes in.
The book starts out with the example of Germany and the dispute over Google Maps. Well, before that, there is the introduction... but you know what I mean. Throughout the book, he provides some interesting "good" points for being "public" online. However, near the middle, he succumbs to the benefits of being "private" online. In a sense, this book is, essentially, a compendium of the benefits and weaknesses of removing your privacy online. There are rather in-depth interviews and examples to help explain the deeper reasons for our need for privacy, or lack thereof, which is good.
Mr. Jarvis has written an acceptable book that will certainly help readers understand the struggles of privacy online. 4 stars.
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