Summary of Everything Is Miscellaneous

The Power of the New Digital Disorder

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Everything Is Miscellaneous book summary
A journey into new ways of organizing data: the power of miscellany in the digital era of searchable information.


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More than ever, knowledge is power, and as computerization and digitalization reshape society, the way knowledge is organized dictates how people obtain it and apply it. In this fascinating book, philosophy professor David Weinberger chronicles the history of changes in access to knowledge. He shows how Internet-based enterprises such as iTunes and Wikipedia reflect new rules of knowledge organization. This intellectually provocative and well-researched book explains the true impact of the information revolution. The only thing missing from this original, incisive and entertaining workbook is a glossary. While some readers may need other sources of information for certain technical definitions, getAbstract considers this book a must-read for anyone who wants to learn how the knowledge revolution has reshaped business and society.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the organization of knowledge changed with digitalization;
  • Why information management is more miscellaneous than ever;
  • What is the major knowledge classification system; and
  • How knowledge organization affects business, politics and society.


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About the Author

Marketing consultant David Weinberger, Ph.D., is co-author of the international bestseller, The Cluetrain Manifesto, and the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined. A fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for the Internet & Society, he writes for many publications and appears on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

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