Everything is Miscellaneous : The Power of the New Digital Disorder, Paperback Book

Everything is Miscellaneous : The Power of the New Digital Disorder Paperback

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Business visionary and bestselling author David Weinberger charts how as business, politics, science, and media move online, the rules of the physical world - in which everything has a place - are upended.

In the digital world, everything has its places, with transformative effects: Information is now a social asset and should be made public, for anyone to link, organize, and make more valuable; There's no such thing as "too much" information.

More information gives people the hooks to find what they need; Messiness is a digital virtue, leading to new ideas, efficiency, and social knowledge; Authorities are less important than buddies.

Rather than relying on businesses or reviews for product information, customers trust people like themselves.With the shift to digital music standing as the model for the future in virtually every industry, "Everything Is Miscellaneous" shows how anyone can reap rewards from the rise of digital knowledge.




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A really good book about classification of information, and how it is done in the age of modern information technology. By looking at attempts to classify all known information (Dewey decimal etc) or parts of it (alphabet, table of elements) Weinberger shows the impossibility of that task, and how knowing is a dynamic and collective proces. There are a few places where he isn't that convincing, but all in all a thought provoking book, and you can't ask for much more than that.

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The third order of data described in this book by David Weinberger is adding "Consciousness" to the world of Knowledge just as the human mind ads Consciousness to the physical world

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David Weinberger’s Everything is Miscellaneous is an entertaining and superficial examination of the characteristics of information and how it has been organized by people historically, as well as in today’s world, and potentially in the future. The ways in which information has been stored and manipulated in the past are used by Weinberger as evidence that humans have been bending and shaping information to fit our limitations as atom-based beings. The author believes that in the new digital world information no longer needs to be contorted to fit human behavior and abilities; rather, information can be collected digitally (where it has fewer atoms) and left uncategorized. Weinberger wanders through time and place in his book, recalling the origins of modern organization, such as the alphabet, Dewey, Ranganathan, Mendeleev’s periodical table, and even as far back as Aristotle and Plato and their philosophical ideas about classification. In doing so, the author illuminates several behaviors inherent to human organization and the limitations of the physical items people have attempted to sort. Throughout the book Weinberger touches on dozens of different topics to defend his thesis. He jumps from century to century, from country to country, all in an attempt to provide examples of the history of information organization and the potential for organization in the future. The author uses practical, fascinating real world examples of many aspects of organization. His enthusiasm is sincere, which makes his argument very convincing. Although the examples are very helpful, they seem to be strung together with little effort to provide context or to defend an ultimately fuzzy thesis. Unfortunately, the book as a whole is too superficial to create a sustainable argument, especially for the library field.

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This book was an interesting look at how the digitisation of information reduces the need for formal classification skills, because we classify things in the way that makes sense to us in the moment. Information is moving away from a tree structure and toward a graph structure. This book was pretty good, but the authors tributes to miscellany at the end were a bit...corny.

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Okay - prepare yourself for a rave. To say I loved this book is an understatement. I couldn't get enough of it. You simply must read it. I flagged just about every page with a yellow sticky until it got embarrassing. If you are wondering what all the fuss is about when it comes to digital or social media or the power of the world wide web, this is the book to inspire you. Weinberger tells a good story, lots in fact. He pulls everything together seamlessly and, it seems, effortlessly. He is my new personal hero. As you can tell he has reduced me to a blithering devotee. Oooh...and he's a Librarything author....off to check out his collection of miscellanea.....

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