Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A visionary and optimistic thinker examines the tension between privacy and publicness that is transforming how we form communities, create identities, do business, and live our lives.
Thanks to the Internet, we now live—more and more—in public. More than 750 million people (and half of all Americans) use Facebook, where we share a billion times a day. The collective voice of Twitter echoes instantly 100 million times daily, from Tahrir Square to the Mall of America, on subjects that range from democratic reform to unfolding natural disasters to celebrity gossip. New tools let us share our photos, videos, purchases, knowledge, friendships, locations, and lives. Yet change brings fear, and many people—nostalgic for a more homogeneous mass culture and provoked by well-meaning advocates for privacy—despair that the Internet and how we share there is making us dumber, crasser, distracted, and vulnerable to threats of all kinds. But not Jeff Jarvis.
In this shibboleth-destroying book, he argues persuasively and personally that the Internet and our new sense of publicness are, in fact, doing the opposite. Jarvis travels back in time to show the amazing parallels of fear and resistance that met the advent of other innovations such as the camera and the printing press. The Internet, he argues, will change business, society, and life as profoundly as Gutenberg’s invention, shifting power from old institutions to us all.
Based on extensive interviews, Public Parts introduces us to the men and women building a new industry based on sharing. Some of them have become household name: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Eric Schmidt, and Twitter’s Evan Williams. Others may soon be recognized as the industrialists, philosophers, and designers of our future. Jarvis explores the promising ways in which the Internet and publicness allow us to collaborate on how we manufacture and market, buy and sell, organize and govern, teach and learn. He also examines the necessity as well as the limits of privacy in an effort to understand and thus protect it.
This new and open era has already profoundly disrupted economies, industries, laws, ethics, childhood, and many other facets of our daily lives. But the change has just begun. The shape of the future is not assured. The amazing new tools of publicness can be used to good ends and bad. The choices—and the responsibilities—lie with us. Jarvis makes an urgent case that the future of the Internet—what one technologist calls “the eighth continent”—requires as much protection as the physical space we share, the air we breathe, and the rights we afford one another. It is a space of the public, for the public, and by the public. It needs protection and respect from all of us. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in the wake of the uprisings in the Middle East, “If people around the world are going to come together every day online and have a safe and productive experience, we need a shared vision to guide us.” Jeff Jarvis has that vision and will be that guide.
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I've spent an age trying to phrase and rephrase my review to sound more educated, ponderous and thoughtful, but I've deleted that.
I love this book, I love the thoughts it put forward and the further reading as well as further thinking it pointed me towards. I am a public person but only because it feels comfortable and right to be, not because I've broke down the semantics of why it fits me well.
Jeff gives a balanced view of the organic and ever changing state of the public profile and gives me great food for thought that by being considered and open to my public profile is a socially progressive choice, when done appropriately.
For this book I invested in my first kindle and this was a great first choice to read.
The book discusses publicness in relation to the technologies and ideas which are pervasive today. It starts by looking at the impact to our personal lives, then progresses to how companies can benefit from publicness, and then finally how governments could better and more efficiently serve the people.
The world is changing around us, openness, responsiveness, and transparency are the new expectations. This book captures the essence of publicness today and why it should be important to all of us.
To be honest I found it hard to write a quick review of this book, you just need to read it and take it all in, you will not be disappointed.
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.