Now there's an interesting topic!

An investigation into how crowds can intelligently manipulate themselves seems promising. Howard Rheingold, of course, already did this in Smart Mobs, but I'm sure that he left quite a bit for us late-comers to examine, not to mention perhaps discovering a few flaws in a probably overly apocalyptic (not to mention optimistic) vision. And, assuming that today's third generation cell phones actually do offer us such earth-shattering capabilities right at our fingertips, it bears asking why the advertisements for those same phones invite us to do little more than play vacuous games and acquire personalized ringtones. Still, even if only part of what Rheingold suggests is actually taking place, we've got something very interesting going on here.

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