Everything Is Miscellaneous

Everything Is Miscellaneous

The Power of the New Digital Disorder

Book - 2007
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Business visionary and bestselling author David Weinberger shows how the digital revolution is radically changing the way we make sense of our lives   Human beings are information omnivores: we are constantly collecting, labeling, and organizing data. But today, the shift from the physical to the digital is mixing, burning, and ripping our lives apart. In the past, everything had its one place--the physical world demanded it--but now everything has its places: multiple categories, multiple shelves. Simply put, everything is suddenly miscellaneous.
  In Everything Is Miscellaneous , David Weinberger charts the new principles of digital order that are remaking business, education, politics, science, and culture. In his rollicking tour of the rise of the miscellaneous, he examines why the Dewey decimal system is stretched to the breaking point, how Rand McNally decides what information not to include in a physical map (and why Google Earth is winning that battle), how Staples stores emulate online shopping to increase sales, why your children's teachers will stop having them memorize facts, and how the shift to digital music stands as the model for the future in virtually every industry. Finally, he shows how by "going miscellaneous," anyone can reap rewards from the deluge of information in modern work and life.
  From A to Z, Everything Is Miscellaneous will completely reshape the way you think--and what you know--about the world.
Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9780805080438
Characteristics: 277 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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May 19, 2016

I loved this book as a required read for a library class. May need to revisit soon to see how it holds up a few years later.

vookad Dec 03, 2010

I am not convinced of the authors premise. It will take more than full-text searches and user-applied tags to make the digital "mess" a useful resource.

Jul 13, 2010

David sees things from a completely different perspective, one we need to use in order to make/take that paradigm shift in managing our "new" electronic world. Truly valuable insight for anyone involved with metadata. A must read!

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