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“Good insights.”Luigi Cusano wrote this review Tuesday, February 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book challenged my thinking on privacy, and what that actually means, in the internet age. Also it challenges conventional wisdom of business models and how "being open" might actually be better than having the proverbial company secrets in order to be competitive.”Robert Diber wrote this review Saturday, February 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Jeff Jarvis, like he did with his previous book, "What would Google Do", has latched onto something big here:presenting the challenges of Public V Private, Open V Closed. The implications go way beyond the mass social network phenomenon, fast becoming relevant to the way companies and corporations are perceived, the power and value that open collaborative, participative relationships bring to the workplace and positive impact on society and communities. Jeff presents some interesting arguments for and against publicness, his research goes deep and material presented in a smooth coherent fashion making the book less of an academic text. IMHO the world has anyways to go yet before opening up to Jeff's ideas, I'm already taken by most of them! Book is highly recommended.”khanmjk wrote this review Wednesday, January 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“via audible. Bonus: read by the author!”Jeff Bundy wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Listened to the Audible edition. Jeff Jarvis does a deep dive into the good, bad and ugly of sharing info on the web. Especially helpful is his balanced discussion about the intended and possibly unintended consequences when info from personal web browsing is mashed up with info from third parties. Beyond that, Jarvis shines a light on how leading edge entrepreneurs are building new businesses built upon the ever expanding trove of info available with the click of a mouse. Finally, Jeff Jarvis narration is first rate. ”Connecticut wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I ended up really enjoying this book that looks into the concept of privacy and the Internet. I have to admit that I went into the read already agreeing with the concept that there is a certain paranoia about privacy with regard to how we use the Internet and social media sites specifically.
I think that Jarvis does a great job of looking and trying to define the terms privacy and publicness to identify whether we really are in danger (as long as we act responsibly) on the Internet. He also touches on the history of communication and how, since the time of the Gutenberg Bible, people have thought that great leaps in communication technology have meant the downfall of mankind and danger for individuals.
Jarvis points out that it is possible to overshare with your friends, but highlights that is usually an annoyance rather than endangering. He uses great examples from his own experiences online, both personally and professionally as a researcher and reporter.
The book is extremely well research with data, quotes and statistics from resources to help support his argument.
I really love the concept of social media being safe because everyone is open and willing to share, thus cancelling out the danger.
This is definitely not a book for everyone, but I was glad that I read it.”
“pretty good. taking a long time to read, though.
Done. Good book. Wish it were shorter.”
“Jeff Jarvis is truly insightful in his approach to being a truly open book and public. Finding the right methods and media tools to communicate and share your publicness is instrumental in establishing a successful web persona. Being public is key to enabling the wisdom of crowds.”Steven Margis wrote this review Wednesday, February 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The author argues that in the digital age there is more to be gained from sharing our life online than from remaining private. He also shows how common reactions to the internet mirror those to earlier technologies on their introduction.
As someone who is only slowly "opening up" on the web (through sites like this), I found his arguments appealing.”
“Jeff Jarvis has written a provocative book that will force us to have a serious conversation about the trade-offs between enhanced privacy rights and "publicness" -- which he defines as the benefits that come "from being open and making the connections that technology now affords."
Some will bristle at the notion that privacy "rights" should be balanced against any other right or value. If we desire the benefits of a more open and transparent society, however, it is a conversation we need to have. As Jarvis correctly notes, publicness improves interpersonal relationships, empowers communities, strengthens social ties, enables greater collaboration, promotes transparency and truth-seeking, and helps enliven deliberative democracy, among many other things.
Of course, new innovations in information technology -- the printing press, cameras, microphones, and now search engines and social networking -- have always spawned new privacy tensions. Ultimately, though, they also bring tremendous benefits, Jarvis correctly notes. The Internet revolution and all the angst that it entails is just the latest in this reoccurring cycle. We're going through the same growing pains our ancestors did with previous technologies and it's important not to overreact.
Whatever your view on privacy and the law governing it, it's always good to hear the other side of the story. Jarvis delivers it here with gusto and makes a powerful case for re-framing the way we think about these challenging issues going forward. Incidentally, those who find this topic of interest should also check out "The Transparent Society" by David Brin, which also makes the case for increased information sharing and publicness.
[My longer review of "Public Parts" can be found at Forbes.com http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamthierer/2011/09/25/is-privacy-overrated]