Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age is Revolutionizing Life, Business, and Society

Public Parts How Sharing in the Digital Age is Revolutionizing Life Business and Society A visionary and optimistic thinker examines the tension between privacy and publicness that is transforming how we form communities create identities do business and live our lives Thanks to the in

  • Title: Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age is Revolutionizing Life, Business, and Society
  • Author: Jeff Jarvis
  • ISBN: 9781451636000
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A visionary and optimistic thinker examines the tension between privacy and publicness that is transforming how we form communities, create identities, do business, and live our lives.Thanks to the internet, we now live and in public More than 750 million people and half of all Americans use Facebook, where we share a billion times a day The collective voicA visionary and optimistic thinker examines the tension between privacy and publicness that is transforming how we form communities, create identities, do business, and live our lives.Thanks to the internet, we now live and in public More than 750 million people and half of all Americans use Facebook, where we share a billion times a day The collective voice of Twitter echoes instantly 100 million times daily, from Tahrir Square to the Mall of America, on subjects that range from democratic reform to unfolding natural disasters to celebrity gossip New tools let us share our photos, videos, purchases, knowledge, friendships, locations, and lives.Yet change brings fear, and many people nostalgic for a homogeneous mass culture and provoked by well meaning advocates for privacy despair that the internet and how we share there is making us dumber, crasser, distracted, and vulnerable to threats of all kinds But not Jeff Jarvis.In this shibboleth destroying book, Public Parts argues persuasively and personally that the internet and our new sense of publicness are, in fact, doing the opposite Jarvis travels back in time to show the amazing parallels of fear and resistance that met the advent of other innovations such as the camera and the printing press The internet, he argues, will change business, society, and life as profoundly as Gutenberg s invention, shifting power from old institutions to us all.Based on extensive interviews, Public Parts introduces us to the men and women building a new industry based on sharing Some of them have become household names Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg, Google s Eric Schmidt, and Twitter s Evan Williams Others may soon be recognized as the industrialists, philosophers, and designers of our future Jarvis explores the promising ways in which the internet and publicness allow us to collaborate, think, ways how we manufacture and market, buy and sell, organize and govern, teach and learn He also examines the necessity as well as the limits of privacy in an effort to understand and thus protect it This new and open era has already profoundly disrupted economies, industries, laws, ethics, childhood, and many other facets of our daily lives But the change has just begun The shape of the future is not assured The amazing new tools of publicness can be used to good ends and bad The choices and the responsibilities lie with us Jarvis makes an urgent case that the future of the internet what one technologist calls the eighth continent requires as much protection as the physical space we share, the air we breathe, and the rights we afford one another It is a space of the public, for the public, and by the public It needs protection and respect from all of us As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in the wake of the uprisings in the Middle East, If people around the world are going to come together every day online and have a safe and productive experience, we need a shared vision to guide us Jeff Jarvis has that vision and will be that guide.

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    1. I had been looking forward to this book for months. When it came out, I was glad I didn't have to camp in front of a bookstore to get my copy — it was delivered wirelessly to my e-reader a few seconds after publication. And yet, having read it, I cannot deny a mild sense of disappointment.I feel a bit like a choir being preached to. I'm on Twitter, on Facebook, on Google+, and a host of other online services. I publish my precise physical location online, and I've got my own blog. I haven't ye [...]

    2. I listened to this one instead of reading it. Jeff Jarvis is a good narrator of his own material. The content is very interesting, though only a few parts are brand new if you are a regular listener to the This Week in Google podcast. What it does do is set out all the concepts and thoughts very clearly in a slightly more scholarly way, and not as a conversation as on the TWiG show.As for the topic of Publicness complimenting Privacy, this is something I've been aware of since I first got online [...]

    3. In this book, Jeff Jarvis writes as an advocate for the public culture the Internet has fostered. While at times I would call him overly optimistic, he highlights ways that the Internet’s culture of publicness has positively affected our lives. He discusses the meaning of public versus private, what the terms meant in the past, and what they mean now. While I do not agree with everything he writes (I tend to err on the side of caution and, yes, privacy), I can see that many of his points are v [...]

    4. In Public Parts, Jeff Jarvis counterbalances arguments about the sinister effects of erosion of privacy in the modern world. He argues that openness and sharing, on balance, improve the world. He coins the word 'publicness' to describe open sharing, and argues convincingly that 'publicness' is not the polar opposite of 'privacy'.This is a book which stimulates thought. I particularly appreciated Jeff's elucidation of the argument that regulation should focus on the use of information that has be [...]

    5. Interesting plea for publicness, which I agree with, for the most part, and it made me think about the choices I make and why I make them - and re-affirmed my opinions and choices.Here's what I want to remember:The 1999 quote from Douglas Adams:"I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, w [...]

    6. Jeff Jarvis has written a rhetorically tight, logically sound, and presentably quotable speech on the importance of publicness in modernity. I say speech specifically as the presentation is more persuasive than scholarly and argument is more woven than partitioned. The debate style was very continental, constantly invoking previous scholars work but without the analytically rigorous support that I would have liked. Large numbers are presented as facts provided by Internet notables rather than as [...]

    7. As someone who's been knocking around the internetz for about a decade now, I enjoyed the hell out of this book because it tackled quite a few of the issues I've always had, like sharing and privacy and the associated hang ups as a content creator and social networker. There's that compulsion to share and exchange information and ideas, but there's similarly just as strong a compulsion to retain a level of privacy and distance. This book focuses on the benefits of sharing, while asking exactly w [...]

    8. 302.30285 JARCD 302.30285 JARMy review: The hymn of publicness. the whole author's view of publicness is conversation, the relationship. Too exaggeration of benefit of public, not emphasis people need time to solitude, meditation. In the age of information deluge, how do we hold ourselves as deep-thinking individual? There are a lot of things we take for granted. e.g the meaning of public and private is kind of fixed in the certain kind of culture. We do not even notice the meaning of those keep [...]

    9. Public Parts is a book exploring the lesser-mentioned benefits and gains from publicness in the digital age. In a time where privacy remains a hot issue, it is rare to see anyone speak out for the side of publicness and how we could potentially reap more benefits by being more public and willing to share whatever information we possess. Hence, when I first started reading this book, it provided a refreshing viewpoint which contrasted with the ubiquitous laments of losses of privacy that you'll s [...]

    10. i will admit right off the bat - i read this because i wanted to read an opposing view to the one i hold. the author presents a good argument for openness - but i think it's a bit too optimistic and overlooks the fact that people are basically self-serving. fortunately, he does point out that what he's asking in his idealized world is contrary to the interests of govt's & businesses - hedging bets that his optimal plan will likely go unrealized (in the foreseeable future, anyhow). additional [...]

    11. Public Parts by Jeff Jarvis is a really easy, yet interesting read. Jarvis uses personal and cultural examples to illustrate the importance of public sharing, and also highlights the challenges in separating public and private life. Jarvis's arguments in regards to businesses being more open in sharing ideas and interacting with their customers is especially strong. While I personally do not agree with publicness online to the extent that Jarvis does, I found that his logic for the most part mad [...]

    12. I've listened to this title as an audio book, shortly after its release. I have just listened to This Week is Google (TWIG), where Jeff Jarvis, the author, is a co-host. He's made some pretty compelling arguments on the show that privacy and the Internet can have unintended consequences, especially when companies create products (mainly software and services) that could ultimately very useful, even if a company may use data I volunteer it for other purposes. Google is a good example; though it c [...]

    13. Jeff does a very good job laying out the argument for being more public. He also reaches the same conclusion I've been thinking for several years now - that it is getting harder and harder to separate private and public lives and what will ultimately give is society's strict standards. I believe someday everything from drinking pictures to religious and political declarations will be shared on Facebook without a thought of "I could be fired" or "these people might hate me". Ultimately, we're all [...]

    14. I ended up really enjoying this book that looks into the concept of privacy and the Internet. I have to admit that I went into the read already agreeing with the concept that there is a certain paranoia about privacy with regard to how we use the Internet and social media sites specifically.I think that Jarvis does a great job of looking and trying to define the terms privacy and publicness to identify whether we really are in danger (as long as we act responsibly) on the Internet. He also touch [...]

    15. I've been into social media since I first heard about it, and, honestly, I've enjoyed the most amazing benefits from it. Generally, I'm a very public person: I share my thoughts on Twitter, I Instagram my best pictures, I announce my location on Swarm, and I review my books on . I've made the most wonderful friends through Twitter and I generally check if any acquaintances are near my location, sometimes just to say hi. I've never had any privacy issues, and I consider myself a lucky person. I'v [...]

    16. I've been reading Jarvis for more than a decade, I think, on his blog and then twitter, and I've quoted him to journalism classes. So I knew what to expect here, but the explanation of the ideas -- many of which I think I've just internalized -- was still interesting. A few notes I made:Hadn't heard his idea of us being atoms in society that reform our molecules. "What's public is owned by us, the public" even if we do it as individuals Finan Times said "the streets belong to everyone and that m [...]

    17. Als Vertreter der Post-Privacy-Bewegung ist relativ klar, wohin die Kernaussagen von Jeff Jarvis tendieren. Ich bin da zu 100% auf seiner Seite, entsprechend fand ich das Buch auch gut. Es erschien 2011, gelesen habe ich es im Herbst 2015. Snowden ist in dem Buch noch gänzlich unbekannt, hätte aber vermutlich nichts an den zentralen Punkten geändert. Außer sie vielleicht noch bekräftigt.Nachdem Jarvis von der mehr philosophischen Seite zu ergründen versucht, was eigentlich Öffentlichkeit [...]

    18. This is the second book I have read which was written by Jeff Jarvis, the first was What Would Google Do (WWGD). I loved WWGD so I pre-ordered Public Parts at the very first opportunity. The book came at an opportune time for me as I had just recently turned from a social network hater into a serious user and the notion of publicness was very relevant.The book discusses publicness in relation to the technologies and ideas which are pervasive today. It starts by looking at the impact to our perso [...]

    19. 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 so [...]

    20. This book had its moments but just not enough of them. This book is about publicness and the open sharing of information for both businesses and professionals. It talks about topics such as public vs. private; the benefits and pitfalls of being open, honest and transparent; what the past has shown us and what he believes the future holds. I found both the beginning and end section to be a bit dull and long winded. The end also gets a bit preachy as he maps out what he believes society needs to d [...]

    21. In a bigger sense, this book is more about current economic and cultural shifts than privacy and sharing, altho both of those factor into it.I’m familiar with Jeff’s work from the TWIG (This Week in Google) podcast where he covers similar ground. That said, the book goes a bit deeper with some historical background that relates to the present, and some examples of how the “privacy” can be interpreted differently in other parts of the world. A chapter covers how radical and disturbing the [...]

    22. I do like to read the technological optimists. My main critique of the book is not that it didn't flood me with ideas and inspire me to explore the digital sharing realm more -- it did that. No, the problem was the book felt organized around those same sharing principles. I would have liked more organizational structure imposed by the author -- isn't that the point of the book or whatever it is we call the authorial voice compiled in one digital file?In the end, the book felt like lots of great [...]

    23. This book is written on a higher level than what I am used to reading. That isn't a bad thing but it did not help my understanding of Mr. Jarvis' points. I also read this book in small parts over a long period of time and that did not help me either. I also did not enjoy how it felt like Mr. Jarvis was preaching at me or talking down at me. The content of the book was good and he had some excellent points. felt as though he was "beating a dead horse" towards the end of each chapter with the amou [...]

    24. as a semi-regular listener to this week in google, there wasn't much new here, but a decent summary of mr. jarvis' ideas on publicness and openness. while i agree with most of his ideas, i do find him almost naively optimistic at times. some things will always remain private. google will NEVER open-source its search algorithm, for example, for obvious reasons. it's their core asset and a major barrier of entry to would-be competitors. medical records are another example of something i think maki [...]

    25. Jarvis says so much of what I want to convey to people about privacy, both on the internet and as a basic concept. Thank goodness he and others like Clay Shirky are willing to put in the time and effort to break the issues down and make a reasoned case for publicness explicitly; this argument roils up worst-case fears and is not easily won. Whether you're more intrigued or concerned by the rapid shifts in privacy that are accompanying the digital age, Public Parts is worth a read for supporters [...]

    26. Jeff Jarvis, like he did with his previous book, "What would Google Do", has latched onto something big here:presenting the challenges of Public V Private, Open V Closed. The implications go way beyond the mass social network phenomenon, fast becoming relevant to the way companies and corporations are perceived, the power and value that open collaborative, participative relationships bring to the workplace and positive impact on society and communities. Jeff presents some interesting arguments f [...]

    27. extract out of a blog-discussion on which i was taking part,,,,,,the book is quite good, not quite a page turner, but then you wouldn't expect that from this kind of book. I'm just over half way through.There are quite a few eye openers, bits of food for thought pop up every now and again, but mostly this is +Jeff Jarvis giving his opinion air, which is - in it's own right quite weighty and refreshing, but you shouldn't expect science here.Actually I'm hearing this book, via Audible, Jeff reads [...]

    28. Public parts is an excellent counter-argument to the strong privacy advocates surrounding the internet, social networks, facial recognition, and other challenges within today's society. Jarvis presents his points of view in well written, non-emotional (often found in privacy articles) and factual manors, both challenging as well as complementing privacy concerns. He takes the perspectives from many cultures, looking at their history & diving into why different countries are pro or against va [...]

    29. J'ai adoré ce livre.Jeff Jarvis explique la "publitude" (publicness ou le fait d'être public) sans être en opposition à la vie privée. Il ratisse large: le printemps arabe, Facebook, Google, les lois de l'union européenne. Il parle aussi de la période que nous vivons actuellement comme l'une des période les plus importante de l'histoire de l'humanité, au même titre que l'invention de l'imprimé par Gutenberg. À ce sujet, il fait des parallèles fort intéressants entre les deux époqu [...]

    30. A very important book about a very important topic written rather poorly. Jeff Jarvis makes some excellent points in this book about the roles of publicness in our lives, what it means to be public, and the positive benefits of being public. His style wasn't for me however - it was like a series of random blog posts stapled together relying on random anecdotes then a cohesive whole. That being said moments of profound truth do poke out and this is clearly a topic he cares about and wants people [...]

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