on October 31, 2011
Clay Shirky is one of, if not the smartest mind on what has happened since the birth of the internet. It's not the easiest book to get through, many of the examples are long winded and very thorough. Clay ensures you really understand why the internet will change how we communicate and organize as a civilization from this point forward.
The major message he has is that we can form groups much, much easier now. Because of instant communication, it really has displaced much of the power that was kept by hoarding information and/or technology. When everyone has access to the same knowledge as everyone else peculiar things begin to happen in society. Weird groups form, collective action becomes easier because the cost to form the group to perform the collective action is next to nothing.
Here Comes Everybody is an intelligent read and it will give you a different insight into the social media fan fare everyone talks about.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Unless you've been living under a rock over the past few years, you would have noticed an explosion in ways that people interact, collaborate and exchange information online. We are probably undergoing the greatest technological shift since the advent of e-mail, and it'd probably hard to grasp all the ramifications that profound new change is heralding. Every year now, or sometimes every month, several new information terms and products enter our collective consciousness, terms like blog, Twitter, Digg, Facebook, MySpace, collaborative filtering, crowdsourcing, online social networking, and many, many others. It becomes harder and harder to keep track of what each one of them means, little less of how to use it or whether to use it at all. Many of them may just be passing fads, but it is hard to deny that put together they are part of some larger trend. However, it may not be so obvious what this trend is all about and one often can't see the forest from all the trees. From that point, Clay Shirky's book "Here Comes Everybody" can be best understood as a field guide that will take you on a guided tour of this new forest and explain its immediate implications for how we live our lives, work or play. It is a very well written book, written in an easy-going journalistic style. It brings forth many real-life stories and case analyses that help with explaining these recent trends. The book is informative without being bogged down in technical jargon. It is also a very gripping read, and once one starts reading it is hard to put down. I would recommend it to everyone who is interested in getting a big picture of where we are headed in terms of collaborative technologies.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2009
Honestly, I had heard a good things about this book, I heard an interview with him, and was looking forward to reading this book.
I was pretty disappointed, it was more a collection of anecdotes and stories than a strongly argued book.
It was a collection of "Wow, look what someone did with social networking!" anecdotes. These kind of stories don't take a lot of effort and the end result is a muddy and unclear book, with few real lessons about the power of social networking.
Given that, it also will become dated quickly because things are moving fast in this area, so unless you read it really soon, it'll probably be out date.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2008
This is a book I could hardly put down. Shirky's style is easy to read ' you feel like you are listening more than reading. The content is fascinating to those of us interested in how technology transforms our behaviour and our society ' and if you are not already interested in such topics, you especially need to read it. Your world is changing and a lot of it is for the better and Shirky makes it very understandable. The book is full of well researched and relevant examples.
I found especially useful his discussion of the formation of networks and online communities. His description of the actual social capital thus created is compelling.