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Share This!: How You Will Change the World with Social Networking Paperback – June 14, 2010
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"...This book is recommended for all interested in using web 2.0 for their social activism."
-Caroline Geck, Library Journal
"If you are an activist or a concerned citizen and you are new to social media, start with Share This! Deanna Zandt has deep knowledge, broad experience, a knack for clear and simple explanation, a talent for storytelling, and a wonderfully engaging voice."
–Howard Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs and lecturer, University of California Berkeley and Stanford University
"When Deanna Zandt writes that sharing is daring, she expresses the logic of the age, where a shift from hoarding to sharing can provide incredible social leverage. Think of 'Share This' as a manifesto for social engagement, and as a manual for positive change."
–Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody and faculty member, Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University
About the Author
Deanna Zandt is a media technologist and consultant to key progressive media organizations including AlterNet and Jim Hightower's Hightower Lowdown, and hosts TechGrrl Tips on GRITtv with Laura Flanders. She specializes in social media, and is an expert in women and technology. Zandt works with groups to create and implement effective web strategies toward organizational goals of civic engagement and empowerment, and uses her background in linguistics, advertising, telecommunications and finance to complement her technical expertise. She has spoken at a number of conferences, including the National Conference on Media Reform, Bioneers, America's Future Now (formerly "Take Back America,") Women Action & The Media, and provides beginner and advanced workshops both online and in person. In January 2009, Deanna was chosen as a fellow for the Progressive Women's Voices program at the Women's Media Center. She also serves as a technology advisor to a number of organizations, including Feministing, The Girls & Boys Projects and Women Action & The Media.
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Zandt is a media technologist as well as a consultant to key progressive media organizations including AlterNet and Jim Hightower's Hightower Lowdown, and hosts TechGrrl Tips on GRITtv with Laura Flanders. She specializes in social media, and is a leading expert in women and technology, which clearly gives her a unique background to write this book.
Some of the key ideas that Zandt explores in the book is looking at how social networks are places where we share stories and connect with others. I love that she recognizes that these are not necessarily new phenomena, but that she takes the time to help readers understand how the technology changes the spaces in which we do this as a society. She does this by discussing in depth the issues of trust, authenticity and privacy. At the heart of the book is examining how building empathetic relations really can change the world and she provides clear-cut examples of how this is possible.
This book is funny, engaging, and true to life. You'll find yourself agreeing with Zandt at so many turns and understanding yourself in relationship to social media infinitely better after reading the book. And no matter what you background level in social media is I guarantee that you will find this book entertaining and useful. Also, I rarely ever read the "Resources" section of a book, but I think that this section may be one of the book's greatest strengths. It answers the "so what do I do know" questions you may have, and has really great questions/answers related to some of the key themes, tips for individuals, and insights on how to manage information overload.
Deanna Zandt has burst onto the book scene with a manifesto to the power of social networking that inspires and teaches. It's also a lot of fun to read--full of humor and warmth. This is one of the few books that gets beyond the nuts and bolts of social media and instead takes a longer view. Zandt guides readers towards a new and more powerful understanding of the immense opportunity the social web offers to marginalized communities. It also challenges all of us to look inside and investigate whether we're still giving too much credence and power to those who have traditionally held it -- that is, white, hetero men. Having said that, this isn't some leftist diatribe--in fact, anyone of any political persuasion can make use of this book to create the kind of change they want to see in the world. In short, this book is well worth the cover price!
However, I was very surprised to find that the book was of very little use to me. Its biggest problem is that almost all of the information in it is very general and consists of things I've heard several other places before. I found nothing groundbreaking or inspiring in the book. I'm sorry to say this because I was really hoping for a book that would energize me and give me not only a vision but also practical advice about how to use the social media for greater good.
Another problem with the book is that Zandt assumes that new ideas are inherently good ones and seems naïve in other ways. For example, she believes that just sharing information with other people will make us more empathetic, regardless of the level of the interaction involved. To the contrary, often social media can give us the illusion of empathy without the cost of really getting to know someone. She makes the social media appear almost as if they are an unmitigated good and gives little account of how they have inherent limits and problems.
Finally, it's annoying that for all of her talk about empathy and looking at other people's perspectives and being wary of bias, all of her examples are from the liberal side of the political spectrum. One gets the impression that liberal = good and that anyone who isn't politically liberal is part of the problem and not the solution.
In spite of all of the favorable reviews out there, I found "Share This!" very lacking. For someone who has not read much about social media, it will provide a good introduction in many ways, but there are better, more informative, more practical books out there.