Howard Rheingold is a critic, writer, and teacher; his specialties are the cultural, social and polit-ical implications of modern communication media such as the Internet, mobile telephony and virtual communities (a term he is credited with inventing).
Among the books he has written are Net Smart: How to Thrive Online, Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution, Virtual Reality: The Revolutionary Technology of Computer-Generated Arti-ficial Worlds - and How It Promises to Transform Society, Virtual Communities: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontiers, and Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology. He is a visiting lecturer, teaching classes in virtual communities and social media at Stanford University and at the University of California, Berkeley.
Renowned for exploring the social implications of modern technology, Howard Rheingold has been dubbed by MIT "the first citizen of the Internet." In this collection of funny, prescient, thought-provoking essays, originally published during the 1970s and 1980s, he offers a glimpse into the changes wrought during that explosive period.