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Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder Hardcover – 1 May 2007


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  • Hardcover: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company Inc; First Edtion edition (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805080430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805080438
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 935,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "Perfectly placed to tell us what's really new about [the] second-generation Web." - Los Angeles Times" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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David Weinberger is the co-author of the international bestseller "The Cluetrain Manifesto" and the author of "Small Pieces Loosely Joined." A fellow at Harvard University, Weinberger writes for such publications as "Wired" and the "Harvard Business Review" and is a frequent commentator for NPR's "All Things Considered." In 1994, he founded Evident Marketing, a strategic marketing firm on technology issues. He lives in Boston. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Kirtley on 6 Nov 2009
Format: Paperback
... Well ok, maybe not chaos - the central idea is that ordinary people, unleashed at random on the world, tagging whatever they want, however they want to do it, are the most powerful organisational force on the internet. In fact, they're the only force that comes close. Google runs off people's links, Flickr relies on tags and favourites; Yahoo shut down it's indexing program long ago, Weinberger argues, and in it's place, we've got something far more wide-ranging and useful.

I'm studying to become an information professional ("librarian" to everyone else) and a couple of my lecturers mentioned this title; they seemed to find his occasional references to traditional card catalogues infuriating, as if he was accusing librarians of advocating them and clinging to the past (and no librarian anywhere misses card catalogues), but I think he tells a great story about how the internet has reformed itself into the strangely effective mess we skim through so easily every day.

The book could do with more of his thoughts on what's going to happen next - Weinberger seems content with telling us the back-story, and doesn't attempt to make any predictions about the future development of the internet. Then again, given the nature of the beast, that's probably the wise. A fascinating book that seeks to explain how the internet got like this and how it works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BroDisBoDia on 26 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you don't know what a lumper is, or what a splitter is, you should read this book. In fact, you should read this book anyway - especially if you work in a place with a network drive, do any kind of filing, work with anybody who does any kind of filing.

I'm splitting too much. If you store information in any shape or form, then you should read this book. It's fairly obvious that the future will be full of information and data - this books about that and it's good.

If you like the sound of this, you might like Glut: The Deep History of Information Science: Mastering Information Through the Ages too.
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More than ever, knowledge is power, and as computerization and digitalization reshape society, the way knowledge is organized dictates how people obtain it and apply it. In this fascinating book, philosophy professor David Weinberger chronicles the history of changes in access to knowledge. He shows how Internet-based enterprises such as iTunes and Wikipedia reflect new rules of knowledge organization. This intellectually provocative and well-researched book explains the true impact of the information revolution. The only thing missing from this original, incisive and entertaining workbook is a glossary. While some readers may need other sources of information for certain technical definitions, getAbstract considers this book a must-read for anyone who wants to learn how the knowledge revolution has reshaped business and society.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Metselaar on 15 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is really nice as a primer and fresh-up on how information is organized and what it means to us. It explains old organization methods, like the one the libraries use and the organization of organisms that was introduced by Linnaeus. It then compares those 'atom based' organization methods with the new ones we can perform with digital means. Of course Amazon is mentioned where everybody has basically his or her own version of a bookstore.

Worth reading if you are interested in taxonomies, ontologies, information organization and categorization.
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Reading a book on categorisation and classification? Don't tell you friends, if you have any, in my case I have now be labelled under Boring...

A very good book and quite readable given the subject matter. You will learn more about classifying and the shortcomings thereof than you will have learnt in your life (unless you are already an expert.) Excellent stuff and the only reason it doesn't have 5 stars is that Weinberger doesn't cover those items which are fixed within a particular organisation such as a 'sales order' or 'terms and conditions'. Sometimes things are simpler than he says!
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