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Reading Notebook #18: There's More Bad Writing Than Ever | Jane Friedman

Clay Shirky: Cómo los medios sociales pueden hacer historia. | Video on

Shirky is talking about social networks and society broadly, but I see this message as fundamentally affecting schools and the broad institution of schooling. Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government via TED

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky (2008)


Clay Shirky: What Motivates Us How cognitive surplus will change the world via TED

from Brain Pickings

7 Must-Read Books on the Future of Information and the Internet

Great TED talk about the cognitive surplus, found on the great Brainpikings.Org

Even in 2005 Clay Shirky seemed to know what was coming. Nearly a decade ago and this can be applied to our world today

While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter, and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.


"Clay Shirky's work focuses on the rising usefulness of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, wireless networks, social software and open-source development. New technologies are enabling new kinds of cooperative structures to flourish as a way of getting things done in business, science, the arts and elsewhere, as an alternative to centralized and institutional structures, which he sees as self-limiting."