HERE COMES EVERYBODY. THE POWER OF ORGANIZING. WITHOUT ORGANIZATIONS. CLAY SHIRKY. ALLEN LANE an imprint of. PENGUIN BOOKS . The STREAM TONE by T. Gilling The Shallows by Nicholas Carr Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky How to Build a Computer by John Gower III Trust Me. On reading Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky and We-Think by Charles Leadbeater, Stuart Jeffries hopes that reports of the journalist’s.

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I learned about a new application called dodgeball http: It’s a little dated, but is a good read for boomers and older to understand how people are using new methods of communication and interaction. In addition to his consulting work, Mr. I felt like the author was repeating himself over and over in order to make the same point: Overall, I think Shirky makes a compelling case for these theses.

But how can the extreme openness comea decentralisation Shirky and Leadbeater prize survive in such a rule-bound climate?

In the end, though, the book is a collection of sharp, highly readable thinking about not just the possibilities, but also the hard truths, surrounding new communication technologies. He concedes that public pressure via the Internet could be another implementation method for special interest groups. One of my favorite quotes from the book and there are many is – We’re not dealing with information overload, that’s been happening since the s with the invention of the printing press, we’re dealing with filter failure.

Moreover, online groups get value from users who contribute next to nothing, simply because they don’t have to pay for the privilege of using those people’s heer ideas, however few and far between herd might be. shir,y

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Well, two things, both of which are traditional institutions and organizations: Occasionally, however, there is a dark note, and a fear that things will go wrong.

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Shirky writes cleanly and convincingly about the intersection of technological innovation and social change. There are a few interesting anecdotes, about the founding of Wikipedia for example, but again, nothing that could not have been contained in a feature essay in a good magazine.

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I’m already finding ways to use this or at least have seen it in so many places in my life. I mean how many words do you need to explain everyybody it is slightly cheaper, quicker and more efficient to create a website to reach a million of readers in A. Then you could re-insert them.

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

For the most part, he sticks with the tech-utopian populist vision of a world where The People, unencumbered by The Elites, will only do good things, because The People are inherently good. He pulls in information from books like Bowling Aloneauthors like Malcom Gladwelland many of the most shiirky websites and writers. The friend was motivated to start the site because, while he’d figured out who had the phone and managed to get hold of the young woman, he had made no headway with her.

Also by Clay Shirky. So, I’ll be lazy again and simply paste a few things I wrote to heere friend, Dwayne Monroe: Alas, time constraints mean that I never get around to it.

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky

Another would add new material. Clay Shirky ‘s new book, Here Comes Everybody is at once highly readable and a massive undertaking. Perhaps this is what created my dislike of this book.

But it is not just a someone and it is not just an everyday. Here’s an example of what I mean, in Shirky’s first chapter, a quickie I dashed off to Dwayne Monroe and Doug Henwood after reading the first chapter: Shirky believes that such efforts are doomed to failure: Unlike other writers on the subject, Shirky’s prose is clear, and his examples are quite convincing. This should be required reading for all librarians, if for nothing else than Chapter 3, in which he mentions how the people inside the institutions have the hardest time seeing how the institution is becoming obsolete.


Before there was a Web, he was Vice-President of the New York chapter of the EFF, and wrote technology guides for Ziff-Davis, including a guide to email-accessible internet resources, and a guide to the culture of the internet.

The narrative flows nicely enough, but there are far too many repetitions, too many occurrences of only slightly rephrased If you have spent the last 20 years of your life in blissful ignorance of what was happening around you, it may as well turn out to be a fascinating book for you. Shirky has written extensively about the internet since The simple program eventually took off and was more widely used and developed due to the desire of others to make improvements to an initially simple function.

Neither sufficiently realises that these tools and these rhetorics can just as readily be co-opted by The Man. A revelatory examination of how the wildfirelike spread of new forms of social interaction enabled by technology is changing the way humans form groups and exist within them, with profound long-term economic and social effects-for good and for ill A handful of kite hobbyists scattered around the world find each other online and collaborate on the most radical improvement in kite design in decades.

It opened my eyes how much this revolution arose from economic and time sparing facts and rules and how professional writers saw the wrong danger for their professional future not “America Today”, but “The New York Times-online”. That process proved cumbersome, so Nupedia’s founders were introduced to a “wiki”, a web page that could be edited by anyone with access to it.

Shirky doesn’t deal much with inequities in access to these communications tools. Navy, the Libyan government, and Lego. Why groups can’t exist without members and vice versa?