Next: The Future Just Happened is an interesting book which uses several specific historical examples of outliers upsetting the balance of functions, large processes, or organizations. The most interesting to me was in the midst of the early years of the internet’s commercialization, Jonathan G. Lebed, then a 14-year-old, starts encouraging individuals to make certain stock trades through his pseudo developed persona which day traders began to trust because of his quick responses and succinct answers to trading questions. This ultimately led to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) prosecuting him.
The interesting part of Next: The Future Just Happened is that Jonathan Lebed was not doing anything that any stock broker would do. he was just using the internet to build his portfolio of people willing to listen and accept his advice, free and unverified, on the internet. The other interesting portion of this story was Lebed’s parents understanding of what the internet was and the SEC’s expectation of the level of understanding of the parents understanding of the stock market and the internet.
If you enjoy understanding how the balance of things can be upset, Next: The Future Just Happened is a book with several very well done critical examples in recent history.