August 29, 2003

Smart Mobs in Roppongi Hills

Yesterday I kicked all work in the morning, and right before lunch I rushed to Roppongi Hills where Howard Rheingold was presenting the publication of the japanese version of Smart Mobs alongside with a Smart Moblie workshop and a very quick presentation by Anthony Townsend on how they worked on NYCwireless.
Well, I had read Howard's book a while ago, and in a way I found it pretty inspiring. I did find it a little rehtoric though and was expecting a little bit more from his presentation, but unluckily and though previsible, all it was was a quick intro to what's on the book.
Because the main room was packed, I was sent to a second room where we could see a live broadcast of what was going on the other room. Audio was intermitent so I could listen to only half of all presentations, and I runned out of batteries right when they published the url for a live chat to participate on the Q&A - so no asking questions for me;P

Besides being a full-time online celebrity since the pre-browser era, Howard is best known for his focus on the social and cultural implications of how we adapt to new technology and how new technology adapts to us rather than just pointing out technology per se.

As soon as I get some time I'll try to give the book a little review. Now be aware, his style is very flambuoyant, but I guarantee you'll get sucked into it - I'm always half way into another of his works.

Posted by marumushi at August 29, 2003 01:09 AM
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