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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (24 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143114948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143114949
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clay has long been one of my favorite thinkers on all things Internet – not only is he smart and articulate, but he's one of those people who is able to crystallize the half-formed ideas that I've been trying to piece together into glittering, brilliant insights that make me think, yes, of course, that's how it all works (Cory Doctorow, Co-Editor Of Boing Boing And Author Of Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present )



In story after story, Clay masterfully makes the connections as to why business, society and our lives continue to be transformed by a world of net-enabled social tools. His pattern-matching skills are second to none (Ray Ozzie, Microsoft Chief Software Architect ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Avi Shlaim is Professor of International Relations at St. Antony's College, Oxford. His previous books include COLLUSION ACROSS THE JORDAN (1988) and WAR AND PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST (1995).

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By James Plummer on 5 Mar 2008
Format: Hardcover
Clay Shirky explains the social importance of new technology using a very old-fashioned technique... that of story-telling! I found Here Comes Everybody fascinating to read, not only because it's enjoyable and surprising, but because I had to re-think many of my attitudes and assumptions about the effects of the internet, mobile phones and other technologies. From explaining new forms of political protest - including how Flash Mobs changed purpose from New York to Minsk - to telling me how I should think about and understand Wikipedia once and for all, this is a profound and original book on how our world is changing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Carroll VINE VOICE on 11 Aug 2008
Format: Hardcover
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky is the book of the moment. The 2008 version of The Tipping Point. Shirky writes a book about the way that productive, collaborative groups form-groups that are larger and more distributed than at any other time: the places where our social networks and technological networks overlap.

Shirky's prose provides some great case studies that I am likely to turn into slides when I present and provide important food for thought particularly for those involved in reputation management and crisis communications programmes. Shirky writes in an accessible easy-to-read way that moves his book beyond an audience of web-centric wonks like me to the `everybody' of the book title.

What the book lacks is quantitative data to support the qualitative anecdotal research that Shirky pulled together. My other concern is that people will think that social media is excessively easy to do. It isn't; for every successful campaign there are countless numbers of campaigns that don't get the attention they deserve - the Boycott Strada and Cafe Rouge Facebook group being a case in point.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris W on 31 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
What an inspiring and wonderful read this is. Clay Shirky's book Here Comes Everybody gives hope to anyone who has been trapped in a bureaucracy and said to himself "There has to be a better way than this!"

According to Shirky, there's some good news: There is.

While traditional structures in say the workplace reflect the intended aims of the organisation, other, "heatmappy" ways of looking at the most productive areas reveal that the business may be working quite differently to how the Personnel Department might think!

And just as this is true for formal organisations, Shirky shows that it can apply among strangers, in politics and many more examples besides.

At times, the reader wonders whether the "Everybody" of the title that technology is allowing to come together are really as likely to use their new potentials for good, and Shirky gives examples such as oppressive churches where the end effect of technology can be to limit benefits.

With that objection, though, this is like listening to your well informed clever uncle tell you tales of the past - except these ones are tales of the future!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By G. Hughes on 24 April 2008
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I am a Computer Science student, but originally I studied Communication. When I started my communication degree I knew I would write my dissertation on how the internet has affected communication, but I changed degree and instead built a facebook application. This book has taken my two big passions in life and combined them in a way that I continually attempt to, and in a much more eloquent style than I could ever achieve.
Clay continually uses examples that for anyone who uses web resources on a daily basis can relate to. He takes these examples and highlights not only the positives that they have generated, but their limitations too. His insight into what we previously believed to be technological implications shows us that indeed they are not technological, but human social limitations. Coupled with the depth of compassion towards humans, Clay continually reminds me that humans are essentially good but require the tools to be able to put that goodness into practice.
My favourite part is his comparison of the internet and web to the printing press pushing aside the scribes. I truly believe that we're watching the birth of a new cultural revolution, Clay sees it and the examples I have taken away from his writing allow me to show the changes to my friends and family that otherwise lay blind to it.
If you are even slightly interested in the web, communication, or modern culture then you must read this book. Thanks Clay for writing such an insightful and positive guide to this culture's birth.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shirley on 18 May 2008
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This is one of the best books I have read recently (counting books fact and fiction), it is extremely well written and obvious care was taken to make it flow from beginning to end. Shirky has an extensive Bibliography, but instead of intruding into the text it is collected at the back with chapter and page links and short explanations. There are many excellent points made and I have cited them to friends and colleagues as I read the book. I guess the fact that stays most with me is the explanation of Participation Imbalance, for example many people use Wikipedia but few contribute, of those who contribute many only contribute once, but the small percentage who contribute a lot and care for the quality is enough for sustainability.

I see this as an antidote for Keen's; "Cult of the Amateur". Keen want the reader to feel sorry for professions that were lost to technological advances, while Shirky shows that such change has happened many times in the past, and points out changes such as writing going from a profession to an everyday skill.
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