Last week we discussed the overwhelming nature of information overload in today’s world – in selecting items for purchase, in selecting what we watch and read, and where we choose to spend on time. Today I challenge you to invite even more of that same chaos into your lives. Sounds crazy – but is it?
…the moment our historical generation is living through – is the largest increase in expressive capability in human history.
– Clay Shirky
Clay Shirky is an American writer, consultant, teacher, and social media theorist. He is one of the most world’s most prominent thinkers on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His columns and writings have appeared in Business 2.0, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review and Wired Magazine. He is the author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations and Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age.
Shirky holds a joint appointment at NYU, as an Associate Arts Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and as an Associate Professor in the Journalism Department. He has consulted with a variety of groups working on network design, including Nokia, the BBC, Newscorp, Microsoft, BP, Global Business Network, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Navy, the Libyan government, and Lego. Clay Shirky TED Bio
Thoughts & Questions for Discussion
• A massive portion of the internet today runs on “the social part of the bargain”.
• With every click and non-click, we are teaching the internet (US).
• Do we have a duty to participate? Why or why not?
• A simplified example at ILR – Browse Courses
• More complex: The case of Monica Lewinsky & The Fall Out
• What voices are missing?
• The Good News: Social Media Trends Over Time
• How can we share better and generate more (good) conversation? Example A
• Thinking about the future: Can social media and online participation help shape policy and politics before the polls even open?
The question we all face now is, “How can we make best use of this media? Even though it means changing the way we’ve always done it.” – Clay Shirky
• Dr. Michael Wesch at KSU: The Machine Is US
• Clay Shirky at TED: How Social Media Can Make History
• Pew Research: Older Adults Internet Use
• Pew Research: Who’s not online & why