“Oh, you must really love books”, people have said to me when they learn that I have a Masters Degree in Library Science. Well, sure, I love books, but not extraordinarily so. And I do have a passion for libraries—not so much because they house books per se, but because they are among the few… Continue reading Are Libraries Missing (Half) the Boat?
Perhaps I laud him too much (I see his name is quite big in my tag cloud), but here is a 17-minute talk given by Clay Shirky at the U.S. State Department last month. It is the epitome of what gets me excited about this whole damn thing we’re living through. “Web 2.0” is just… Continue reading Clay Shirky on the transformation of media
Here’s a very interesting 16 minute video (and transcript) by Clay Shirky, given at the recent Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco. It’s a fascinating and inspiring reply to the question, “Where do people find the time [to engage in all this participative media stuff]”? (I’ve been a big fan of Clay Shirky since reading… Continue reading “Where do people find the time for this participative media stuff?”
Here’s another insight I gained from Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations. I (Seth) regard myself as an idealist. When I first encountered Wikipedia, I was excited by what I perceived to be an idealistic tool which fully and equally validated every participant and contribution. So I found it difficult… Continue reading Idealism and pragmatism can be friends
Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations has lots of terrific insights. Here’s one about activism. He describes a couple examples of citizen activism facilitated by new social tools. One is about angry airline passengers organizing to create an Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights by using newspaper interactivity and an online… Continue reading About social tools and activism
I’ve just begun reading a terrific brand new book (publication date February 2008!), Here Comes Everybody : The Power of Organizing without Organizations by Clay Shirky. It’s about how people are spontaneously and organically forming all sorts of groups and achieving all sorts of tasks via new electronic media. He offers, for me, the clearest… Continue reading Here Comes Everybody