Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organisation Without Organisations

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Allen Lane, 2008 - 327 páginas
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A handful of kite hobbyists scattered around the world find each other online and collaborate on the most radical improvement in kite design in decades. A few people find that a world-class online encyclopedia created entirely by volunteers and open for editing by anyone, a wild, is not an impractical idea. A dissatisfied airline passenger comments on a blog and it leads to a petition for a Passenger's Bill of Rights. Jihadi groups trade instruction entirely online ...

Everywhere you look, groups of people are coming together to share with one another, work together, or take some kind of public action. For the first time in history, we have tools that truly allow for this. In the same way the printing press amplified the individual mind and the telephone amplified two-way conversation, now a host of new tools, from instant messages and mobile phones to weblogs and wikis, amplify group communication. And because we are natively good at working in groups, this amplification of group effort will change more than business models- it will change society.

What does it mean that someone with a laptop can spark a movement that changes the fortunes of a billion-dollar-industry or help topple a government? This profound and larger social impact is only now being explored. In Here Comes EverybodyClay Shirky, one of the new culture's wisest observers, give us his lucid and penetrating analysis of what the impact of this social revolution will be - for better or worse - on what we do and who we are.

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Clay Shirky has a very good grasp of how the internet, and particularly social media, is changing society. It is a revolution no less seismic than the invention of the printing press and it portends a ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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Clay Shirky writes, teaches, and consults on the social and economic effects of the internet, especially on places where our social and technological networks overlap. His goal is to describe the intersection of social tools and social life, helping people to understand both what's happening around them and how tools could he designed that better support social activity.

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. Pivotal articles include 'Exiting Deanspace', an analysis of Howard Dean's loss of the US Democratic nomination in 2004, and how his web campaign may actually have contributed to the loss, and 'Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality', about the ways that the social dynamics of online communication tend to create great imbalances of attention.

A regular keynote speaker at tech conferences, he has never believed that technology is an end in itself; rather it is our use of technology that matters.

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