Top critical review
Difficult to get through but teaches a very important lesson
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.