3.81
Very interesting in part, in particular in identifying the crisis of modern politics and nation states in solving modern problems. A little light on p ...more
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Jan 02, 2012
 
Blood And Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism
3.88
Very very good. Ignatief travels to several hotspots to try and understand nationalism. His writing is wonderful, nuanced, balanced.
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May 19, 2014
 
Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom
3.88
This is a wide ranging survey of the myriad issues facing the free flow of information in a networked world. It includes numerous examples of threats ...more
Jan 07, 2013
Jan 13, 2013
 
Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity, and Branding in the Social Media Age
3.88
Having read some of Marwick's papers on celebrity, and having heard her speak on fashion bloggers and Pinterest, I expected more from this book. It is ...more
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Nov 30, 2013
 
I Write What I Like: Selected Writings
4.30
Illuminating of so many things. Very interesting reading it now with the benefit of hindsight. As I read it two things became clear, Biko did not unde ...more
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Feb 10, 2014
 
Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies
3.75
Not bad. And one of the the first social media books to give two coherent ways of thinking about which social tools to recommend for which kind of sit ...more
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Sep 08, 2011
 
Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World
4.25
This is techno determinism on steroids, free market orientated and utopian. Digital darwinism would be an apt description in fact. It reads like poetr ...more
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Feb 10, 2012
 
The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
4.01
I was a little surprised by the quality of this book. The author has put some serious thought into how organisations tasked with innovating can place ...more
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May 30, 2013
 
Social Capital
3.71
Exhaustive and extensive overview of the concept of social capital, including research on the topic. Halpern offers his own synthesis of disparate def ...more
Jul 09, 2014
Jun 03, 2013
 
What Would Google Do?
3.76
If I could give it 3 and a half stars I would have. Jarvis gets it.
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Aug 24, 2011
 
Volkskapitalisme: Class, Capital and Ideology in the Development of Afrikaner Nationalism, 1934 1948
4.50
O'Meara's style is rather dry, but his take on Afrikaner Nationalism is totally refreshing, and in many ways correct. He argues, that rather than bein ...more
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Feb 18, 2014
 
Networked: The New Social Operating System
3.35
The first few chapters of this book are the most significant. And the key concept from it is that of 'networked individualism'. This explains how even ...more
Apr 26, 2013
Jun 17, 2012
 
The Criminalization of the State in Africa
3.76
Such an important topic which way to few social scientists have addressed. Book contains a number of essays that could have been better curated and ti ...more
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Aug 24, 2011
 
The Antonio Gramsci Reader: Selected Writings 1916-1935
4.21
Gramsci was a novel thinker, but not the most exciting writer. He covers a great deal of ground, which is a strength and a weakness of this anthology. ...more
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Dec 03, 2014
 
The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism
4.03
For the first time I understand the importance of capital flows to how capital functions, and how this induces crisis. Finally Marx explained in the l ...more
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Sep 08, 2011
 
An Ordinary Atrocity: Sharpeville and Its Massacre
3.50
Fairly even handed - even if missing some nuances of Afrikaner - English tension. This is complimented by comprehensive and some original research.
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Mar 21, 2014
 
The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge
4.12
Dense yet readable, this book is fascinating. It argues convincingly that reality is a product of the society you find yourself in.
Jul 09, 2014
Mar 31, 2013
 
Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age
3.86
One of the books that started the sub-discipline of social network analysis. A must read if you are interested in this field.
Jul 09, 2014
Jun 03, 2013
 
Zuma Exposed
3.33
The obscene corruption described in this book is so unrelenting, tawdry and base, that I could not finish it.
Jul 09, 2014
Feb 01, 2013
 
Good Morning, Mr. Mandela: A Memoir
3.76
A fascinating insight into Nelson Mandela's later life and the worldview or ordinary Afrikaners.
Mar 08, 2015
Jul 09, 2014
 
Social Media ROI: Managing and Measuring Social Media Efforts in Your Organization
3.96
I could not finish it. Not much I disagree with, but not much new I learned either.
Jun 17, 2012
Aug 24, 2011
 
Revolutions in Communication: Media History from Gutenberg to the Digital Age
3.80
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Dec 03, 2013
 
Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks Between Order and Randomness
3.78
None
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Jul 09, 2014
 
The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity
3.88
None
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Jun 03, 2013
 
Brokerage and Closure: An Introduction to Social Capital
3.97
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Jul 23, 2013
 
Structural Holes: The Social Structure of Competition
4.12
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Jan 21, 2013
 
Frontiers: The Epic of South Africa's Creation and the Tragedy of the Xhosa Peo
4.23
None
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Jan 11, 2014
 
The Rise of the Network Society: The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture, Volume I
3.91
None
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Aug 24, 2011
 
The Global Village: Transformations in World Life and Media in the 21st Century
4.05
None
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Dec 04, 2013
 
End of Millennium: The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture , Volume III
4.03
None
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Aug 24, 2011
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