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HASTAC 2008: Howard Rheingold's Keynote

Keynote Address: Howard Rheingold, UC Berkeley and Stanford University
"Literacies, Collective Actions, Participatory Media"

[Howard Rheingold, "Literacies, Collective Action, Participatory Media"] BIO: Credited with coining the term "virtual community", Howard Rheingold has been active in the digital community for more than two decades. Originally interested in the powers of the human mind, he entered into the world of technology exploring the concept of computers as mind-amplifiers, an interest that lead him to write Tools for Thought (1984). In 1985, he joined the WELL, an early online conference community, an experience he explored in The Virtual Community (1993/2000). He also served as the editor of The Whole Earth Review, was the Executive Editor of "HotWired," the first commercial web magazine, and founded Electric Minds, a website intended to promote online communities. Other works of his include Virtual Reality (1991), and Smart Mobs (2002), which has an associated website and blog. He currently teaches Participatory Media/Collective Action at UC Berkeley's School of Information, Digital Journalism at Stanford University, is a non-resident Fellow of the Annenberg School for Communication, and is a visiting Professor at the Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK.

You can see his painted shoes, if you like.

Information taken from Howard Rheingold's bio available from his website.


TALK: Rheingold discussed interdisciplinary theories of cooperation in the context of modern technology. Here is a longer screencast of a similar presentation on cooperation theory.


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