Some of my colleagues have asked for a summer reading list of books related to social software. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, just a few personal favorites. Feel free to add suggestions for additional items in the comments, or provide any other feedback on the choices.
- Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software, by Steven Johnson.
- Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age, by Duncan Watts.
- Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution, by Howard Rheingold.
- Linked: The New Science of Networks, by Albert-L∑szl� Barab∑si.
- Small Pieces Loosely Joined, by David Weinberger.
- "The Strength of Weak Ties," by Mark Granovetter [from the American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 78, No. 6. (May, 1973), pp. 1360-1380.] RIT faculty can retrieve a PDF of this article by going to the JSTOR database via the RIT library, and searching for author=Granovetter and title=weak ties in the Sociology journals.
In the comments to this entry is a trackback from Kieran Healy's blog, with some useful commentary on the above list. In writing my comments to his entry, I realized there was at least one more book I wanted to include on my list:
- The Social Construction of Technological Systems, an excellent collection of essays discussing (among other things) the recursive interrelationships between social contexts and technological tools.