SmartMobs (ThoughtStorms)

HowardRheingold's new book / idea.

Major themes :

in cultures where teenagers have little private space, mobile phones help to turn public space into virtual private space. For example a group of friends can dynamically decide to alight on a cafe and make it theirs

** many people are outraged / disconcerted by this blending, for example hearing half of a private conversation in public

** mobile phones are used socially, eg. passed around so members of a group can read what's on the screen

** mobile phones help groups of teenagers maintain an always on group of friends who may or may not be present at the time

** the phone is becoming a "remote control (ie. handsize control panel) for life"

** integrating positioning allows location based stuff ... for example multi-player role playing shoot outs in the real world

Good outline map of the technologies :

http://www.rheingold.com/cooperation/Tech_of_cooperation_map.jpg


Blog : http://www.smartmobs.com/index.html


RichardGabriel on Mob software : (BigBallOfMud) http://www.dreamsongs.org/MobSoftware.html (BigBallOfMud)


See also


CategoryNetworks, CategorySociety