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Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

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Clay Shirky is not talking about wow ideas; he is talking about holy crap ideas. He explains in entertaining detail how we now have at our disposal tools that are more powerful than the printing press, photographs, and television combined. He lays out how we can now interact with our leaders at the highest levels of government and culture, and we can now cross-interact with the communities that connect to those individuals. He details how we now communicate person-to –person across the world what is happening to each of us in real-time. Clay Shirky is an influential scholar and writer about current internet trends and has a lot of interesting things to say about how this works and affects each of us individually.

Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky is teacher, writer and consultant on the social and cultural effects of the internet as well as the impact of mobile phones, particularly where they allow for individuals to access the public sphere and easily coordinate group action. He is a Professor at NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School of the Arts, and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute in the Faculty of Arts and Science. He is a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Institute for the Study of the Internet and Society, and in the fall of 2010, he was the Edward R. Murrow Visiting Lecturer at the Shorenstein Center for the Press and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government…Very connected to the shakers and movers in the internet world.

Clay Shirky is the author of two recent books on social media. Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age which was published in 2010. He uses this book to describe new forms of coordinated voluntary participation, ranging from political activism to the creation of lolcats (sorry that is the downside to the invention of the internet), and Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations which was published in 2008. This book describes how the social media landscape came to be. These two books have been translated into 10 languages. Several of his essays have been anthologized, including, most recently, his 2009 essay, Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable, on the fate of newspapers in the digital age.

Clay Sharkey talks about the recent past of the internet and in the talks below he describes our future. ..

Additional Clay Shirky Ted- Talks

Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaboration

Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world

Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Charlie!

    It was so nice to see you in the comment section of my blog today. Thanks for popping in! Cheers and happy new year to you.

  2. Hello Charlie…thank you so much for the nice comment about my Toronto trip. My husband has been wonderful before and after my MS diagnosis…but I do miss being able to do the walking, biking and skiing that we once did. I hope 2014 is a happy and healthy one and I am going to try to add you to my cranky reader..Michelle

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