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Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Arent the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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Here's the problem. I don't think anyone will dispute that reaching out the to internet to search for knowledge can get reasonable answers quickly. Also, running contests where many experts are involved can get good results. The problem is, if you are solving a real problem at the end of the day somebody actually has to do the work to get an answer. A "network" isn't going to magically come up with an answer. Also, reaching out to a wide group on the internet often results in the same stupid *wrong* answers to a problem being circulated around and around and around. Networks can just as easily work in a negative direction recycling stupidity rather than knowledge. There doesn't seem to be much of a role in this book for sustained critical and deep thinking about a problem to arrive at a solution. This doesn't make sense to me since much of human progress continues to come from sustained hard work by individuals working to achieve expertise in an area and focusing on a single problem at a time. This book makes some good points about how our relationship with information is changing to rely more on networks of our colleagues or friends to filter and absorb the massive amounts of information created every year. However, the author's confidence that networked thinking and organizations will magically solve many of our problems is happy nonsense, in my opinion.Read more ›
Now his new book is out as of early January 2012. Too Big To Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room.Read more ›
In the vein of philosophical postmodernism, David Weinberger's underlying idea is that what we come to call knowledge changes in 'shape' with the media we are using to convey and absorb it. And for quite a long time, we have been using the media of the printed word, in scrolls, books, magazines, academic journals, etc. And the consequence of this is that knowledge appears to be somewhat neat, tidy, and resting on foundations. Thus, I go to a library to get a book (which is published only after a rigorous peer review or editing process), and read its very linear argument where one chapter builds on another to reach a conclusion. When needed, the author cites authorities in footnotes, which I will seldom check myself because of the time and energy (if not monetary) cost involved. And while the author can anticipate my objections, we are having a one-way conversation where the author is talking to me (and where I can talk to myself in an 'inner dialogue' but not to the author).
Now, Weinberger writes, since the technology is changing, how we think about what knowledge will surely change also. First, it is becoming glaringly apparent how little information any one of us can absorb. While information was abundant with books, this fact was somewhat 'hidden' because only a fraction of all total information was published, and only a fraction of that was carried in libraries and bookstores, and only a fraction of that was ever seen by any individual reader.Read more ›
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It's value comes from making you think about the impacts of massive data. He presents the opportunities, as well as the pitfalls, in a balanced manner. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Valerie Mortensen
This book is neither illuminating nor penetrating in its "insights" about knowledge in our times. It's not scholarly enough to act as a reliable reference. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Thomas Ball
This is the best book I know to get a grip on several aspects of modern life. It is basically about the internet and its influence. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bill
Book is great! ordered it for class but ended up returning it after not needing it!Published 22 months ago by AY
David Weinberger's book covers epistemology in the digital age, and there's no question that he is passionate about the subject and has a deep and multifaceted grasp of all its... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rob Fitzgibbon
I found this book disappointing because it's just pedestrian: it doesn't say much of anything and certainly doesn't say anything original. Read morePublished 24 months ago by RedsFan
I'm assuming great as it was a gift and we are still friends.Published 24 months ago by Rene Lagler
This book argues that the Net is not making us more stupid, that the Net actually is changing what it means to be informed. Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by Steve