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John B. Fisher

Raleigh-Durham, NC USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Weinberger
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    We used to know how to know. We got our answers from books or experts. We'd nail down the facts and move on. But in the Internet age, knowledge has moved onto networks. There's more knowledge than ever, of course, but it's different. Topics have no boundaries, and nobody agrees on anything.Yet this is the greatest time in history to be a knowledge seeker - if you know how.

    John B. Fisher says: "Good to know ..."
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    Every wonder why we've seen such a rise of Facebook and other micro-blogging technologies? Ever wonder why we are seeing major differences in how children and young adults are dealing with new technologies? We are seeing a "sea change" event as the amount of information available to us rapidly exceeds our ability to use it. Worse yet, standard institutions that would allow us to better manage that information flow are themselves overwhelmed. We all see the change. But do we understand WHY it is happening and what are the ramifications. THAT is what this book attempts to tackle. Hopefully you will also find this book insightful.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sourcery: Discworld #5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (485)

    A sourcerer is born in Discworld: a wizard so powerful that he makes all other magicians look like a bunch of fools in pointy hats. Now, suddenly, Discworld is brought to the brink of an all-out thaumaturgical war. The only hope for peace is Rincewind, the failed magician who has a risky plan to save the world. He enlists the help of several odd new characters, including Conina the barbarian hairdresser, Nijel the Destroyer, and a yuppie genie who sees lamps as a growth industry.

    Melisa says: "Discworld fans will love it!"
    "An enjoyable listen .."
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    Not Terry Pratchett's best Discworld book. But an enjoyable listen. There were some odd, distracting uses of reverb, which did not seem to be related to the story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Big to Know: First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By David Weinberger
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    We used to know how to know. We got our answers from books or experts. We’d nail down the facts and move on. But in the Internet age, knowledge has moved onto networks. There’s more knowledge than ever, of course, but it’s different. Topics have no boundaries, and nobody agrees on anything. Yet this is the greatest time in history to be a knowledge seeker... if you know how.

    Sandy says: "Really Interesting"
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    Every wonder why we've seen such a rise of Facebook and other micro-blogging technologies? Ever wonder why we are seeing major differences in how children and young adults are dealing with new technologies? We are seeing a "sea change" event as the amount of information available to us rapidly exceeds our ability to use it. Worse yet, standard institutions that would allow us to better manage that information flow are themselves overwhelmed. We all see the change. But do we understand WHY it is happening and what are the ramifications. THAT is what this book attempts to tackle. Hopefully you will also find this book insightful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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