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
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With the advent of the Internet and the limitless information it contains, we're less sure about what we know, who knows what, or even what it means to know at all. And yet, human knowledge has recently grown in previously unimaginable ways and in inconceivable directions. In Too Big to Know , David Weinberger explains that, rather than a systemic collapse, the Internet era represents a fundamental change in the methods we have for understanding the world around us. With examples from history, politics, business, philosophy, and science, Too Big to Know describes how the very foundations of knowledge have been overturned, and what this revolution means for our future.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 141 x 210 x 23mm | 266g
- 24 Apr 2017
- Basic Books
- New York, United States
Marc Benioff, chairman, CEO salesforce.com, bestselling author of Behind the Cloud "Led by the Internet, knowledge is now social, mobile, and open. Weinberger shows how to unlock the benefits." John Seely Brown, co-author of The Social Life of Information and A New Culture of Learning "Too Big to Know is a stunning and profound book on how our concept of knowledge is changing in the age of the Net. It honors the traditional social practices of knowing, where genres stay fixed, and provides a graceful way of understanding new strategies for knowing in today's rapidly evolving, networked world. I couldn't put this book down. It is a true tour-de-force written in a delightful way." Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind "With this insightful book, David Weinberger cements his status as one of the most important thinkers of the digital age. If you want to understand what it means to live in a world awash in information, Too Big to Know is the guide you've been looking for." Tony Burgess, Cofounder, CompanyCommand.com "David Weinberger's Too Big to Know is an inspiring read--especially for networked leaders who already believe that the knowledge to change the world is living and active, personal, and vastly interconnected. If, as David writes, 'Knowledge is becoming inextricable from--literally unthinkable without--the network that enables it' our great task as leaders is to design networks for the greater good. David casts the vision and gives us excellent examples of what that looks like in action, even as he warns us of the pitfalls that await us."
About David Weinberger
David Weinberger is a Senior Researcher at Harvard University's Berkman centre for Internet & Society. He is the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined, Everything Is Miscellaneous, and a coauthor of The Cluetrain Manifesto. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.