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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Net Smart: How to Thrive Online

Net Smart: How to Thrive Online by Howard Rheingold

cover of ''Net Smart: How to Thrive Online''

"Prominent technology writer and critic Rheingold (Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution), who in 1993 coined the term "virtual community," here examines the impact of our increasingly Internet-centric society on the individual.

While books like Nicholas Carr's The Shallows and Jaron Lanier's You Are Not a Gadget warn of the Internet's negative long-term effects, Rheingold (though he agrees there are potential problems) argues that mindfulness--or users taking control over and applying critical thinking to how technology is used—can make our increasing use of digital media a positive change.

Hoover, Rachel. "Net Smart: How To Thrive Online." Library Journal 137.5 (2012): 130. Academic Search Complete. Web. 15 Apr. 2013.