As economist Tyler Cowen boldly shows in Create Your Own Economy, the way we think now is changing more rapidly than it has in a very long time. Not since the Industrial Revolution has a man-made creation - in this case, the World Wide Web - so greatly influenced the way our minds work and our human potential. Cowen argues, brilliantly, that we are breaking down cultural information into ever-smaller tidbits, ordering and reordering them in our minds (and our computers) to meet our own specific needs.
Create Your Own Economy explains why the coming world of Web 3.0 is good for us; why social networking sites such as Facebook are so necessary; what's so great about "Tweeting" and texting; how education will get better; and why politics, literature, and philosophy will become richer. This is a revolutionary guide to life in the new world.
©2009 Tyler Cowen; (P)2009 Tantor
I have no idea how this book was created. I have NEVER shut down an audible selection without at least getting halfway through it. This one was unbearable. At one point the author is literally explaining in depth how an ipod is organized with playlists and favorites. Keep in mind, most of us are listening to this on an ipod or mp3 player. The other chapters were no better. Very, very, poor content!
This book really is aweful, as the other review said. It is more a book about autism than anything else. I thought I would be taught how to determine market need and come up a with revolutionary product or service that might have the potential of being the next Facebook... but there isn't a bit of this type of discussion in the book. Do yourself the favor of skipping this book.
Title is misleading. This book seemed more an education of autism than economics or business. Granted, the author's points were made but could have been done in 3 less hours. The content was higher level thinking but the deliver assumed you had been living under a rock for 20 years and provided too much detail to make points.
Take a pass on this one unless you want to learn more about the unique skills of autistics, thus allowing you to have more tolerance of someone different than the 'norm'.
The best thing about this book is it's title. Don't get sucked in like I did, just move along to something of substance.
The author integrated two big topics (title topic and autism) into one book, and ends up in a confusing, disappointing mediocrity and at times a confusing and wandering sermon. Both of his topics have great merit, each deserved the author's separate attention (in two books) and he seems to have the capability to deliver, if within a singular focus. Unfortunately too much of that focus seems to be going to himself.
The only thing I found clear about this book was the description. Based on that, this sounds like a great title from a blogger who seems to know his stuff. Instead I kept hearing this seemingly-pointless droning about autism. I stopped the book several times to make sure I was playing the title I thought I was. What does any of this have to do with the title or the description of this book? I made it though...moving on.
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