Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory Of The Web” as Want to Read:
Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory Of The Web
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory Of The Web

by
3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  230 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
In this insightful social commentary, David Weinberger goes beyond misdirected hype to reveal what is truly revolutionary about the Web. Just as Marshall McLuhan forever altered our view of broadcast media, Weinberger shows that the Web is transforming not only social institutions but also bedrock concepts of our world such as space, time, self, knowledge-even reality ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 7th 2003 by Basic Books (first published 2002)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Small Pieces Loosely Joined, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Small Pieces Loosely Joined

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Mikal
Jun 16, 2013 Mikal rated it liked it
This book is a useful philosophical narrative for the web. To develop a web based application, to use the web for purposes of organization or to use the tools of the present day web is to build, organize, or navigate the world David Weinberger describes.

Small pieces is a useful treatise that loses itself from time to time. David's work is a cultural examination of the web- based on how it is similar or dissimilar to the lebenswelt (life-world). It's this examination that serves to be the glass c
...more
Michael Burnam-Fink
Feb 17, 2013 Michael Burnam-Fink rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, 2013
Think about the internet in 2002. No Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, 4chan, Reddit or mobile anything. eBay was huge, as was Yahoo, Wikipedia was just a year old, the hottest meme was 'All Your Base Are Belong to Us' and the DotCom Bust had dropped napalm on a host of bad ideas. Weinberger takes us back that time, when he tries to explain how the web works.

Part of it, which might be exotic to surfers circa 2002, is common knowledge to pretty much anybody who isn't dead today; the blend of anonymity
...more
Martin
Jun 04, 2012 Martin rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. I am a big fan of his previous book, Everything Is Miscellaneous, but this book was far more philosophical and abstract than I was expecting.

The author looks at how the Internet changes some of our long held abstract concepts such as time, space, matter and togetherness. It was interesting, just not as relevant as i had hoped. I'm still looking forward to reading Weinberger's most recent book, Too Big to Know.
Hana Carpenter
Apr 30, 2012 Hana Carpenter rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-and-tech
A time capsule of technologist optimism. This book is a poignant read; so many of the author's ambitions for the future of the Internet failed to come true. If you want to see what potential this medium held when it was young and the world was bright, this book is useful. I wouldn't take it much more seriously than that, though.
Erin
Sep 19, 2008 Erin rated it it was ok
I had to put this one down. I like these sorts of books to be either really current or really technical and academic, but this was neither. The style of writing was kind of entertaining, but there just wasn't anything new or groundbreaking that I haven't read or considered before.
Jenaya
Jul 23, 2008 Jenaya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
Hopelessly dated. Useless to me, even for a Writing 121 class.
Jeremy
Aug 26, 2014 Jeremy rated it really liked it
Shelves: technology
Only on the web does a book 12 years old feel like ancient history. In many respects, Weinberger was prescient, identifying trends that have become more and more powerful (e.g., one passage could be seen as predicting the rise of Wikipedia, and another the advent of the currently omnipresent "Like" button). Even more often, he provides insights that are still deep and thought-provoking.

Weinberger is a philosopher by training, and this book is strongest when Weinberger focuses on philosophy. For
...more
Jarrodtrainque
David Weinberger's Small Pieces Loosely Joined does not merely celebrate the World Wide Web; it attempts to make a case that the institution has completely remodeled many of the world's self-perceptions. The book does so entertainingly, if not convincingly, and is a lively collection of epigrammatic phrases (the Web is "'place-ial' but not spatial";"on the Web everyone will be famous to 15 people"), as well as illustrations of these changes. There are intriguing assertions: that the Web is ...more
Katie/Doing Dewey
Jan 22, 2012 Katie/Doing Dewey rated it liked it
Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory Of The Web was as philosophical as it sounds. The view of the web presented here is very abstract, focusing on the way the web has (according to the author) caused people to re-define fundamental concepts such as space, time and togetherness. I found a lot of the evidence he offered in support of these views self-evident although I'm still not sure I agree with his assertion that we view time differently because of the internet. I do, however, agree ...more
Roger K.
Jan 03, 2016 Roger K. rated it really liked it
Books about the internet typically don't age well. It is impressive how relevant this book still is, even more than a decade after it was written. It shares many themes with The Netocrats and will appeal to anyone that has read that excellent work.

Weinberger builds on the Cluetrain Manifesto to explore how the internet and Web have redefined space, time, and ourselves. My main takeaway was that the main appeal of the internet and Web are that they are a place where we can be more ourselves - cre
...more
Jen
Oct 25, 2009 Jen rated it liked it
Entertaining and informative read on the implications of the Internet- how it is/will change the world, society, the way people think. Very interesting, this book made me re-think the way I view the Internet, realize some of its possibilities (e-books), hate it both a little less and a little more. Basically, it opened my eyes about something I take for granted and made me realize the huge, fundamental changes in society that the Internet has made possible. Fascinating stuff, written lightly and ...more
Joshua Bloom
Jun 06, 2007 Joshua Bloom rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: reference
A great high level look at what the Web means now and what it could mean in the future. Mr. Weinberger brings lots of great analysis to the social and societal reasons for the explosion and popularity of the Web.

Though there are references to and discussions of technology, this is not a technical book. This book is focused on the emotional and personal reasons that so many people are using the Web.

Read it. Don't wait.
Darius
Feb 26, 2013 Darius rated it it was amazing
10 years ago, this book kinda blew my mind. So tonight I was looking for another book to read and pulled this down from the shelf to read again. I'll also be farming some quotes for my Secret Project, while I'm at it.
Kelly
Sep 14, 2008 Kelly rated it really liked it
Almost too touchy-feely for me to handle at times. Good ideas, though many are repeated in "Everything is Miscellaneous" on a more granular level. Still good - Weinberger's a great writer who weaves good analogies and good story-telling into a bigger picture.
Dlangendorf
Sep 18, 2011 Dlangendorf rated it it was amazing
One of my early favorites on the web. Thought provoking. An author and web observer not too full of himself as many are.
Lauren
Aug 10, 2007 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: professional
This is THE BEST BOOK I'VE READ in at least five years. If you're interested in information, media, the internet, &/or culture. This one is for you.
Christopher Filkins
Jan 22, 2008 Christopher Filkins rated it liked it
To the uninitiated this piece is likely a great fit. Unfortunately most of what it contains has long ago been incorporated into my thinking.
Susan K
Mar 24, 2016 Susan K rated it did not like it
It's outdated and there's little here that you don't already know about the internet.

I found his glib style annoying.
Gabe Mounce
Jul 16, 2011 Gabe Mounce rated it really liked it
This book was really interesting from the perspective of how the "networks" and computer networks in particular facilitate collaboration.
Henrique Antoun
Henrique Antoun rated it liked it
Jan 04, 2014
VeerChand
VeerChand rated it it was amazing
May 21, 2015
Mike Golby
Mike Golby rated it it was amazing
Aug 15, 2016
Brad Robertson
Brad Robertson rated it liked it
Mar 31, 2013
Austin Gilbert
Austin Gilbert rated it liked it
Oct 23, 2008
Maier,
Maier, rated it it was amazing
Mar 03, 2016
Anthony
Anthony rated it liked it
Mar 11, 2012
Future Of Work
Future Of Work rated it it was ok
Oct 30, 2015
John
John rated it liked it
Jul 14, 2008
Laurie Lee
Laurie Lee rated it liked it
Jan 10, 2015
Mark
Mark rated it liked it
Jan 05, 2013
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution
  • The Social Life of Information
  • Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge
  • The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom
  • The Cluetrain Manifesto
  • Being Digital
  • Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives
  • Supercade: A Visual History Of The Videogame Age, 1971 1984
  • The Future of Success: Working and Living in the New Economy
  • From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism
  • From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games
  • Working Knowledge: How Organizations Manage What They Know
  • We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People
  • Standing by Words
  • The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History Since 1900
  • Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate
  • Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction
  • Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

Share This Book