Here Comes Everybody: How Change Happens when People Come Together Paperback – 29 Jan 2009
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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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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.
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.
Chapter about stolen phone a bit slow but good for moral compass! The rest excellent and a really enjpoyable read!
I started my first wiki after reading this and now follow the auther on twitter to see what's new!
Very good highly recommend!
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...on just about everything worth giving brain space. I don't like the term 'thought leader' but i guess it applies in spades.Published 12 months ago by Simon Morice
This is a really great book for anyone trying to understand exactly what social technology is doing to the world and how to become a part of it. Read morePublished on 19 April 2010 by John O'flaherty
For me, Clay Shirky delivers some great case studies to prove his points and backs up with useful references. I keep thinking... Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2009 by Michael Downes
I read this a while back, after having read Grown Up Digital, and have to say it was a dissappointment. Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2009 by sg perry
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