“Everything Emergent is Good For You”

This is the title of the talk I am searching for from Steven Johnson, author of “Emergence” and speaker at Demos last week. If anyone finds it, please let me know.

I bought Steven’s book “Emergence” a long time ago and regretted that the book did not really cover blogs. Steves new book “Everything Bad is Good For You” does indeed cover blogging (probably in a lightweight fashion) and i will order it shortly, assuming it will be another good book to hand out to those who want to know about popular culture and emergent theory. [I MIGHT BE MISTAKEN]
Details of Steven’s recent speech is at Jemstone66 and Kottke.org has good links and commentary.

Related: Howard Rheingold – Smart Mobs (PDF)


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • You should check out his book ‘Interface Culture’. Wounderful book about the development of the information space and the interface. And he predicts the development of the blogs.

  • aaron says:

    thanks for the pointers to the notes and his blog.

  • Rick Bennett says:

    I happened upon a pre-published copy of this book a few months ago. I predict it will do well. It is consciously trying to go after the crowd that buys Gladwell and the Wisdom of Crowds. I liked it, but not as much as those books.
    Interesting premise and argument. Interesteing way to look at stuff (as a contrarian, I liked that). But, it did not blow me away like Gladwell’s books did.
    Just me though.

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