- Taschenbuch: 240 Seiten
- Verlag: W W Norton & Co Inc; Auflage: Reprint (1. Mai 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0393323528
- ISBN-13: 978-0393323528
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If you've ever had the sneaking (and perhaps depressing) suspicion that the Internet is radically changing the world as you know it, buck up. No wait, buckle up--it is. While some people celebrate this and others bemoan it, Michael Lewis has been busy investigating the reasons for this rapid change. Employing the sarcastic wit and keen recognition of social shifts that readers of Liar's Poker and The New New Thing will recognize, Lewis takes us on a quick spin through today and speculates on what it might mean for tomorrow.
Central to Lewis's observations is the idea that the Internet hasn't really caused anything; rather it fills a type of social hole, the most obvious of which is a need to alter relations between "insiders" and "outsiders." In Next, Lewis shows how the Internet is the ideal model for sociologists who believe that our "selves are merely the masks we wear in response to the social situations in which we find ourselves." It is the place where a New Jersey boy barely into his teens flouts the investment system, making big enough bucks to get the SEC breathing down his neck for stock market fraud. Where Markus, a bored adolescent stuck in a dusty desert town and too young to even drive, becomes the most-requested legal expert on Askme.com, doling out advice on everything from how to plead to murder charges to how much an Illinois resident can profit from illegal gains before being charged with fraud ($5,001 was the figure Markus supplied to this particular cost-benefit query). Where a left-leaning kid of 14 in a depressed town outside Manchester is too poor to take up a partial scholarship to a school for gifted children, but who spends all hours (all cheap call-time hours, at least) engaged in "digital socialism," trying to develop a successor to Gnutella, the notorious file-sharing program that had spawned the new field of peer-to-peer computing. Lewis burrows deeply into each of these stories and others, examining social phenomena that the Internet has contributed to: the redistribution of prestige and authority and the reversal of the social order; the erosive effect on the money culture (both in the democratization of capital and in the effect of gambling losing its "status as a sin"); the decreased value we place on formal training (or as he puts it "casual thought went well with casual dress"); and the increased need for knowledge exchange.
Lewis's observations are piercingly sharp. He can be very funny in portraying ordinary people's behavior, but remains thorough and insightful in his examination of the social consequences. He notes that Jonathan Lebed, the teenage online investor, had "glimpsed the essential truth of the market--that even people who called themselves professionals were often incapable of independent thought and that most people, though obsessed with money, had little ability to make decisions about it." While Lewis's commentary gets a little more dense and theoretical toward the end, Next is an entertaining, thought-provoking look at life in an Internet-driven world. --S. Ketchum -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
[C]onsistently smart, and its highpoints are among the high points of Lewis' writing life. --Christopher Caldwell"
Next does not come too late to the crash-and-burn Internet book fest. It come just in time at the speed of a falling safe. "
Next does not come too late to the crash-and-burn Internet book fest. It come just in time--at the speed of a falling safe.
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I not only thought that this is the best book about the social effects of the Internet, I also think it is by far Michael Lewis's best work.
This book deserves many more than five stars as a result.
The original idea was simple. There are all of these people making a big splash on the Internet as individuals. Let's go meet them in person and find out what's really going on. Believe me, it's different from what you read in the newspapers or saw on television. With the aid of a researching crew from the BBC, Mr. Lewis found that the cutting edge of the Internet revolution was going on with 11-14 year olds. Soon, it will probably drift lower in age.
Because the Internet lets you play on a equal footing and assume any identity you choose, youngsters with guts and quick minds can take on major roles. Usually, their parents have no clue until adults or major authority figures start arriving on their doorstep challenging what the youngster is doing or seeking personal advice.
The core of the book revolves around the stories of Jonathan Lebed who used chat room commentaries to help drive his $8,000 stake into over $800,000 in less than three years, Marcus in Perris, California who became Askme.com's leading criminal law expert based on his watching of court TV shows, and Justin Frankel who became an important developer of Gnutella for filesharing while having trouble getting an education in school.
Mr. Lewis makes the point that these youngsters weren't doing anything that their elders don't do in other forums. Yet the established authorities deeply resented and challenged them. Mr. Lewis suggests that the old elites "get a life." Their day is over. He uses the analogy of his father's refusal to adapt his law practice to the methods of personal injury lawyers using billboards and television ads to show this is how the existing elites always respond . . . by condemning and trying to ignore the new.
At the same time, Mr. Lewis raises several important questions that will stay with you. After having been king of the hill for your 15 minutes of fame at 15, how will you feel about the rest of your life as an also-ran? His portrayal of Danny Hillis's project to create the 10,000 year clock captures that point very well. He also lampoons Bill Joy's arguments that the Unabomber had it right that we (the existing elites) need to constrain technology.
The basic point is that economic and social effectiveness will rest on the foundation of how effective you can be rather than who you are, what degrees you have, what age you are, or who you know. In other words, the Internet has added another degree of leveling to our society. Surely, that's good.
I'm a little more optimistic than Mr. Lewis about the implications. I think that many people will find the lower barriers to entry provide them the chance to develop themselves more than would otherwise happen. What they learn as youngsters can be used in new ways on broader canvases later in life. For example, Jonathan will probably become a great marketing guru. Marcus has the seeds of a marvelous counselor, attorney, or columnist in him. Justin will probably create masterful new software structures that will make sharing easier and more effective. Those are potentially beautiful futures for these young men.
Child prodigies have always been with us. The lessons for those based in the Internet will be the same as for those who did it in music or the motion pictures. You have to keep developing yourself, have sound values, and prepare for an adult role that you enjoy and are good at. I do feel for the parents of these young people. They are the ones with the big challenge!
After you finish enjoying this wonderful book, I suggest that you think about where you can pursue lifelong interests on the Internet! You can go back to being 11 again, too!
Log on and have a ball!
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The second section of the book deals with another fifteen year old who managed to become the top rated legal advisor on the askme.com website, even though he came from a poor family, never touched a law book, and learned about the law exclusively from the internet and television. In both these cases, ordinary boys who otherwise would be categorized as [normal], managed to do extraordinary things by using the Internet.
The other sections of the book deal with gnutella, tivo, polling, the sense of time, and the idea that accessibility of information due to technology may lead to the downfall of mankind. I really enjoyed this book, but I though that overall it was rather incomplete, this book could have been easily doubled in size by examining more social phenomenon. I was really surprised that there was very little ink spent on the open source movement and how strangers are now collaborating on major projects. This was partially covered in the gnutella chapter, but you could write a whole book on the social implications of open source development.
I still think so--although I think the siren song is being muted by the greedy attempts of corpacracy to co-opt the Web for profit.
So when I heard the buzz on Michael Lewis' Next: The Future Just Happened, it was an instant "One-Click"!
What I found was a book that overstates and oversells its thesis, but is still a valuable look at how the Web is beginning to affect our culture in unanticipated ways.
This is not a scholarly effort by any means. It's more of a personal journey that we take with Lewis as he plumbs some of the more spectacular manifestations of what might be called "Web power."
Lewis begins with the kid who made hundreds of thousands of dollars in the stock market until the SEC shut him down, continues to another teen who--despite the lack of any training whatsoever--was among the top dispensers of legal advice on the Web, and ultimately ends up with a tale of a washed-up band resurrecting itself by cobbling together a fan network that finances its tours and new releases.
It's a very pleasant--and quick--read. And as we enjoy the antics of these characters at the fringe of society, we begin to discern Lewis' contention: The Web is breaking down the monopoly of the "Insiders," the credentialed, the oligarchy. Due to its vast information resources--and its even wider global and trans-cultural reach--the Web makes it possible for the little fish to make a big splash in the sea. Lewis' tales are not only amusing, but they provide insight into a world that has not yet emerged.
Lewis fails, however, to demonstrate that these admitted "Outsiders" are more than an odd aberration. As much as I'd love to see the cold walls of corporate bureaucracy fall, I remained unconvinced that Lewis' heroes are the harbingers of the future.
I'd like to think they were; I even hope so! Only time will tell!