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Here Comes Everybody: How Change Happens when People Come Together [Paperback]

Clay Shirky
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29 Jan 2009

Clay Shirky's international bestseller Here Comes Everybody: How Change Happens When People Come Together explores how the unifying power of the internet is changing the character of human society.

Welcome to the new future of involvement. Forming groups is easier than it's ever been: unpaid volunteers build Wikipedia together in their spare time, mistreated customers can join forces to get their revenge on airlines and high street banks, and one man with a laptop can raise an army to help recover a stolen phone.

The results of this new world of easy collaboration can be both good (young people defying an oppressive government with a guerrilla ice-cream eating protest) and bad (girls sharing advice for staying dangerously skinny) but it's here and, as Clay Shirky shows, it's affecting... well, everybody.

For the first time, we have the tools to make group action truly a reality. And they're going to change our whole world.

'As crisply argued and as enlightening a book about the internet as has been written'
  Daily Telegraph

'As usable as the technology he writes about'
  Independent

'Clay Shirky's masterpiece ... glittering, brilliant insights that make me think, yes, of course, that's how it all works'
  Cory Doctorow, co-editor of Boing Boing

'Anyone interested in the vitality and influence of groups of human beings - from knitting circles, to political movements, to multinational corporations - needs to read this book'
  Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad is Good for You and Emergence

Clay Shirky writes, teaches, and consults on the social and economic effects of the internet. A professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, he has consulted for Nokia, Procter and Gamble, News Corp., the BBC, the US Navy, and Lego. Over the years, his writings have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, Wired, and IEEE Computer.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141030623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141030623
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'As crisply argued and as enlightening a book about the internet as has been written' Daily Telegraph 'As usable as the technology he writes about' Independent 'Clay Shirky's masterpiece ! brilliant insights that make me think ... that's how it all works' Cory Doctorow, co-editor of Boing Boing 'Anyone interested in the vitality and influence of groups of human beings ... needs to read this book' - Steven Johnson, author of Emergence 'Terrifically clever' Guardian 'Gordon Brown has been reading Clay Shirky's Here Comes Everybody, currently the book of the moment among webheads and new media obsessives.' - Matthew D'Ancona, Telegraph

About the Author

Clay Shirky writes, teaches, and consults on the social and economic effects of the internet. A professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, he has consulted for Nokia, Procter and Gamble, News Corp., the BBC, the US Navy, and Lego. Over the years, his writings have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, Wired, and IEEE Computer.

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars GREAT TITLE. DULL BOOK. 19 Jan 2011
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Amazing how quickly the wizzo new thing dates, isn't it? Does anyone refer to weblogs any more? Copyrighted 2008, so this book was probably pitched to the publisher in say 2006/7. Hollywood style: It's The Tippng Point, with added internet! And so a book was created in the time honoured fashion: publicist, publisher, stuff on paper.

Not so new either is Shirkey's central insight. Knowledge is power, more knowledge is more power or at least more democracy. He pads this out with a lot of anecdotes, some you'll have heard before and others that are just boring.

By now (2011) we can see what Shirley missed: the spammers, trolls, single-issue fanatics, conspiracy theorists, scammers, fraudsters, phishers and above all the tendency (surprise, surprise) to make exclusive communities on the net. Just because information travels faster doesn't make it better.

I think I'm going to "defriend" any other books on the sociology of the web in future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love the book 26 Mar 2013
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Shirky is very much the techno optimist in the digital media debate. I used this book for PR and Activism essay and found it useful. If your talking about digital media you have to reference Shirky. The book is very fun to read though lots of relevant interesting case studies.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but starting to date already? 5 Jan 2011
By Dave C
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Some interesting case studies of how technology / connectivity is changing the world. There are no great insights, but lots of observations tied together into a coherent book. And a suspenseful narrative style that is annoying if you remember the case study from contemporary reports. I feel he could have covered all his ideas in half as many words.

Like many original works, it might have been ground breaking when first released, but releasing its central idea into the public domain killed its own originality. The paperback was 2 years old when I read it, and the Internet moves so fast that it might be approaching its shelf-life already.

Still, a good light read for anyone interested in dotcoms.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting insight 23 Mar 2009
By K J
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How is accessible, affordable, and now ubiquitous, information technology changing the way we communicate with each other? I thought I new, this book made me realise there's far more to how we are changing how we relate to each other. There's no high tech or high brow stuff in here, a simple, readable, lay-mans introduction with some suggestions of why and how things like email and chat rooms are changing the world. At first I saw a threat, but now I see opportunity. Are we in at the beginning of a far reaching and unstoppable paradigm shift?
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shirky 2 Mar 2009
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This book begins with a brilliant little story which goes on to illustate the books contents perfectly. If you like what technological communications can presently can do, in a beautifully written hand, then quickly buy this book.
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