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Howard Rheingold Quote: “Pay attention to what you’re paying attention to.”

Pay attention to what you’re paying attention to.

— Howard Rheingold



Howard Rheingold Quote: “Attention is a limited resource, so pay attention to where you pay attention.”

Attention is a limited resource, so pay attention to where you pay attention.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “Any virtual community that works, works because people put in some time.”

Any virtual community that works, works because people put in some time.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “You can’t have an industrial revolution, you can’t have democracies, you can’t have populations who can govern themselves until you have literacy. The printing press simply unlocked literacy.”

You can’t have an industrial revolution, you can’t have democracies, you can’t have populations who can govern themselves until you have literacy. The printing press simply unlocked literacy.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “Democracy is not just voting for your leaders; it’s really premised upon ordinary citizens understanding the issues.”

Democracy is not just voting for your leaders; it’s really premised upon ordinary citizens understanding the issues.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “Openness and participation are antidotes to surveillance and control.”

Openness and participation are antidotes to surveillance and control.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “Knowing of how to make use of online tools without being overloaded with too much information is, like it or not, an essential ingredient to personal success in the twenty-first century.”

Knowing of how to make use of online tools without being overloaded with too much information is, like it or not, an essential ingredient to personal success in the twenty-first century.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “People’s social networks do not consist only of people they see face to face. In fact, social networks have been extending because of artificial media since the printing press and the telephone.”

People’s social networks do not consist only of people they see face to face. In fact, social networks have been extending because of artificial media since the printing press and the telephone.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “Finding a name for something is a way of conjuring its existence, of making it possible for people to see a pattern where they didn’t see anything before.”

Finding a name for something is a way of conjuring its existence, of making it possible for people to see a pattern where they didn’t see anything before.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “You can’t assume any place you go is private because the means of surveillance are becoming so affordable and so invisible.”

You can’t assume any place you go is private because the means of surveillance are becoming so affordable and so invisible.

— Howard Rheingold



Howard Rheingold Quote: “The Amish communities of Pennsylvania, despite the retro image of horse-drawn buggies and straw hats, have long been engaged in a productive debate about the consequences of technology.”

The Amish communities of Pennsylvania, despite the retro image of horse-drawn buggies and straw hats, have long been engaged in a productive debate about the consequences of technology.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “I think e-mail petitions are an illusion. It gives people the illusion that they’re participating in some meaningful political action.”

I think e-mail petitions are an illusion. It gives people the illusion that they’re participating in some meaningful political action.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “A forecasting game is a kind of simulation, a kind of scenario, a kind of teleconference, a kind of artifact from the future – and more – that enlists the participants as ‘first-person forecasters.’”

A forecasting game is a kind of simulation, a kind of scenario, a kind of teleconference, a kind of artifact from the future – and more – that enlists the participants as ‘first-person forecasters.’

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “Mobile phones amplify human talents for cooperation.”

Mobile phones amplify human talents for cooperation.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “Mobile communications and pervasive computing technologies, together with social contracts that were never possible before, are already beginning to change the way people meet, mate, work, war, buy, sell, govern and create.”

Mobile communications and pervasive computing technologies, together with social contracts that were never possible before, are already beginning to change the way people meet, mate, work, war, buy, sell, govern and create.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “Whenever a technology enables people to organize at a pace that wasn’t before possible, new kinds of politics emerge.”

Whenever a technology enables people to organize at a pace that wasn’t before possible, new kinds of politics emerge.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “Young voters are crucial. The trend over recent years has been for them to drift away. So anything that gets young voters interested in the electoral process not only has an immediate effect, but has an effect for years and years.”

Young voters are crucial. The trend over recent years has been for them to drift away. So anything that gets young voters interested in the electoral process not only has an immediate effect, but has an effect for years and years.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “Markets are as old as the crossroads. But capitalism, as we know it, is only a few hundred years old, enabled by cooperative arrangements and technologies, such as the joint-stock ownership company, shared liability insurance, double-entry bookkeeping.”

Markets are as old as the crossroads. But capitalism, as we know it, is only a few hundred years old, enabled by cooperative arrangements and technologies, such as the joint-stock ownership company, shared liability insurance, double-entry bookkeeping.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “Communicating online goes back to the Defense Department’s Arpanet which started in 1969. There was something called Usenet that started in 1980, and this gave people an opportunity to talk about things that people on these more official networks didn’t talk about.”

Communicating online goes back to the Defense Department’s Arpanet which started in 1969. There was something called Usenet that started in 1980, and this gave people an opportunity to talk about things that people on these more official networks didn’t talk about.

— Howard Rheingold


Howard Rheingold Quote: “We must take responsibility for educating ourselves. Being part of a ‘smart mob’ doesn’t guarantee that you’re a responsible participant or collaborator.”

We must take responsibility for educating ourselves. Being part of a ‘smart mob’ doesn’t guarantee that you’re a responsible participant or collaborator.

— Howard Rheingold


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