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By Anonym 18 Sep

Clay Shirky

Personal value is the kind of value we receive from being active instead of passive, creative instead of consumptive.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clay Shirky

It used to be expensive to make things public and cheap to make them private. Now it's expensive to make things private and cheap to make them public.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Clay Shirky

People want to do something to make the world a better place. They will help when they are invited to.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clay Shirky

It is our misfortune, as a historical generation, to live through the largest expansion in expressive capability in human history, a misfortune because abundance breaks more things than scarcity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clay Shirky

How we put our collective talents to work is a social issue, not solely a personal one.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

The more ideas there are in circulation, the more ideas there are for any individual to disagree with. More media always means more arguing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clay Shirky

Our social life is literally primal, in the sense that chimpanzees and gorillas, our closest relatives among the primates, are also social.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

Trying to express implicit and fuzzy relationships in ways that are explicit and sharp doesn't clarify the meaning, it destroys it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clay Shirky

Society is not just the product of its individual members; it is also the product of its constituent groups.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clay Shirky

It is possible to think that the Internet will be a net positive for society while admitting that there are significant downsides - after all, it's not a revolution if nobody loses.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clay Shirky

Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clay Shirky

Multi-taskers often think they are like gym rats, bulking up their ability to juggle tasks, when in fact they are like alcoholics, degrading their abilities through over-consumption.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

Wikipedia took the idea of peer review and applied it to volunteers on a global scale, becoming the most important English reference work in less than 10 years. Yet the cumulative time devoted to creating Wikipedia, something like 100 million hours of human thought, is expended by Americans every weekend, just watching ads.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

[B]ecause the minimum costs of being an organization in the first place are relatively high, certain activities may have some value but not enough to make them worth pursuing in any organized way. New social tools are altering this equation by lowering the costs of coordinating group action.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Clay Shirky

The downside of attending to the emotional life of groups is that it can swamp the ability to get anything done; a group can become more concerned with satisfying its members than with achieving its goals. Bion identified several ways that groups can slide into pure emotion - they can become "groups for pairing off," in which members are mainly interested in forming romantic couples or discussing those who form them; they can become dedicated to venerating something, continually praising the object of their affection (fan groups often have this characteristic, be they Harry Potter readers or followers of the Arsenal soccer team), or they can focus too much on real or perceived external threats. Bion trenchantly observed that because external enemies are such spurs to group solidarity, some groups will anoint paranoid leaders because such people are expert at identifying external threats, thus generating pleasurable group solidarity even when the threats aren't real.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clay Shirky

Civic participants don't aim to make life better merely for members of the group. They want to improve even the lives of people who never participate.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clay Shirky

Even with the sacred printing press, we got erotic novels 150 years before we got scientific journals.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clay Shirky

Communications tools don't get socially interesting until they get technologically boring.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clay Shirky

So forget about blogs and bloggers and blogging and focus on this - the cost and difficulty of publishing absolutely anything, by anyone, into a global medium, just got a whole lot lower. And the effects of that increased pool of potential producers is going to be vast.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

The transfer of [...] capabilities from various professional classes to the general public is epochal.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

To have a discussion about the plusses and minuses of various forms of group action, though, is going to require discussing the current tools and services as they exist, rather than discussing their caricatures or simply wishing that they would disappear.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

We are moving from sharing to cooperation to collective action.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

There's no such thing as information overload-only filter failure.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Clay Shirky

Tools that provide simple ways of creating groups lead to new groups, [...] and not just more groups but more kinds of groups.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clay Shirky

It did not take long after the rise of the commercial printing press before someone figured out that erotic novels were a good idea. ... It took people another 150 years to even think of the scientific journal.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

The Shirky Principle declares that complex solutions, like a company, or an industry, can become so dedicated to the problem they are the solution to, that often they inadvertently perpetuate the problem.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clay Shirky

Communications tools don't get socially interesting until they get technologically boring... It's when a technology becomes normal, then ubiquitous, and finally so pervasive as to be invisible, that the really profound changes happen.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

Tools get socially interesting after they're no longer technologically interesting.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Clay Shirky

[F]rom now on, the act of creating and circulating evidence of wrongdoing to more than a few people, even if they all work together, will be seen as a delayed but public act.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clay Shirky

Human beings are social creatures - not occasionally or by accident but always. Sociability is one of our lives as both cause and effect.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

There is no news industry.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clay Shirky

A Wikipedia article is a process, not a product.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clay Shirky

One of the best ways to know you're completely wrong, is to behave as if you're complete right.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

The waterfall method amounts to a pledge by all parties not to learn anything while doing the actual work.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clay Shirky

Curiously, once technology gets boring, the social effects get interesting.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clay Shirky

Fame is simply an imbalance between inbound and outbound attention.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clay Shirky

Egalitarianism is possible only in small social systems. Once a medium gets past a certain size fame is a forced move.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Clay Shirky

Sharing thoughts and expressions and even actions with others, possibly many others, is becoming a normal opportunity, not just for professionals and experts but for anyone who wants it. This opportunity can work on scales and over duration that were previously unimaginable. Unlike personal or communal value, public value requires not just new opportunities for old motivations; it requires governance, which is to say ways of discouraging or preventing people from wrecking either the process or the product of the group.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

The whole, 'Is the internet a good thing or a bad thing'? We're done with that. It's just a thing. How to maximise its civic value, its public good - that's the really big challenge.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

When you got a cell phone you stopped making plans. 'I'll call you when I get there.'

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

[T]he ways in which the information we give off about our selves, in photos and e-mails and MySpace pages and all the rest of it, has dramatically increased our social visibility and made it easier for us to find each other but also to be scrutinized in public.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clay Shirky

The future presented by the internet is the mass amateurization of publishing and a switch from 'Why publish this?' to 'Why not?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Clay Shirky

Algorithms don't do a good job of detecting their own flaws.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Clay Shirky

Mass amateurization of publishing makes mass amateurization of filtering a forced move.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clay Shirky

The historic role of the consumer has been nothing more than a giant maw at the end of the mass media's long conveyer belt, the all-absorbing Yin to the mass media's all-producing Yang....In the age of the internet, no one is a passive consumer anymore because everyone is a media outlet.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clay Shirky

Society doesn't need newspapers. What we need is journalism... When we shift our attention from ‘save newspapers’ to ‘save society’, the imperative changes from ‘preserve the current institutions’ to ‘do whatever works.’ And what works today isn’t the same as what used to work.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clay Shirky

One of the biggest changes in our society is the shift from prevention to reaction.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Clay Shirky

It’s not information overload. It’s filter failure.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

Wikipedia is forcing people to accept the stone-cold bummer that knowledge is produced and constructed by argument rather than by divine inspiration.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Clay Shirky

The threat [of the U.S. bills SOPA and PIPA] is the inversion of the burden of proof, where we suddenly are all treated like thieves at every moment we're given the freedom to create, to produce or to share.