The piece by Jeff Jarvis is an necessary document about the world that being created right now online. The fact that i can write this review and that it will potentially have pull in how this work is viewed is a testament to the topics and arguments in this book. Audible isn't trying to tell you what to read. It instead is using a small slice of my willingness to share to pass judgement. If you are at all interested in what drives the claims of "privacy concerns" on today's digital world, please read this book.
When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!
At times I really like Jeff Jarvis and there are times he is plain annoying. (kinda describes most people - doesn't it.). Regardless, you have to respect his positions and the excellent points he makes in Public Parts. Jeff explains how much of our concept of privacy is only a recent creation and how many times living in public can improve life. He also explains some of the misplaced panic that legislators seem to think is there duty to protect us from ourselves. Lastly, Jeff explains how our Internet is a danger of being taken away from us as old media struggles to recover their lost markets and the control of society they have long enjoyed. This by no means all of the jam packed information Jeff has put in this book. If you have interest in the future of media, the Internet or your ability to be public or private please enjoy Public Parts.
Very interesting to learn Jeff's current thinking on the internet and where all the technology may be leading us. Challenges my current thinking on privacy and the definition of "Public". Great audio book.
Letting the rest of the world go by
Enjoyable and highly listenable book on how our perceptions are changing regarding privacy and how in general it is very beneficial for us.
While listening, I kept harping back to some other books I've recently listened to and for which I thought the similar topics in this book were covered much better. The books are 1) Too Big to Know, The smartest person in the room is the room meaning the internet we have at our fingertips empowers us like never before 2) Tipping Point, networking and crowd sourcing multiples who we are, 3) In the Plex, a real history of Google that demonstrates that Google is much more than a search company and 4) Master Switch, how the gateway to the net (be it ATT telephone network or Google) gives the master switch owner unparallelled powers.
He does cover each of those themes in the above listed books and I loved the overall theme of his book, but I just think the other books covered the topics much better. Also, I think his book is weakest when he talks about what should be and he implicitly assumes a utopian world that probably wont ever exist.
I probably will. It's just a quick and easy listen about topics that interest me.
It's his words spoken by his own mouth. Less personal interpretation since I can hear his own inflections.
Jeff Jarvis does a deep dive into the good, bad and ugly of sharing info on the web. Especially helpful is his balanced discussion about the intended and possibly unintended consequences when info from personal web browsing is mashed up with info from third parties. Beyond that, Jarvis shines a light on how leading edge entrepreneurs are building new businesses built upon the ever expanding trove of info available with the click of a mouse. Finally, Jeff Jarvis narration is first rate.
over the top
The author spent too much time both praising Facebook and defending Facebook's darker side. The book quickly began to sound like a sales pitch for Big Brother, Social Media, and Facebook in particular.
The author has some justified concerns about the future of freedom, specifically on the internet. However I think he is sensitive to the old co-opting trick: Do you want everyone to be equal on the internet? Then we need an elite with supreme powers and the sworn obedience of the rest to ensure and safeguard this equality.
The same trick communists used:getting power over people by promising equality to them. This not only attracts some very bad characters, it always ends with abuse of power and inequality. (He is for example a proponent of gvt foot in the door law: net neutrality)
His solutions come across to me as a random collection of thoughts. It would have been better to build it up philosophically sound based on property rights, equal for everyone.
Jarvis is a excellent conveyor of these concepts and this is an adept overview of how the online experience is changing how we deal with privacy, sharing, information flow and our uncomfortable feeling surrounding TMI. As we all become used to the concept of a shared online experience, the information in this book will seem a little dated. So read now. I gleaned a dozen great ideas from these audible pages.