Harrison PayneClay Shirky argues that the history ofthe modern world could be renderedas the history of ways of arguing, wherechanges in media change what sort ofarguments are possible -- with deepsocial and political implications.
The Theory.. Clay Shirkys work focuses on the rising usefulness of networks -- using decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer sharing, wireless, software for social creation, and open-source development. New technologies are enabling new kinds of cooperative structures to flourish as a way of getting things done in business, science, the arts and elsewhere, as an alternative to centralized and institutional structures, which he sees as self- limiting. In his writings and speeches he has argued that "a group is its own worst enemy."
Quotes..“We are in a world where mostAmerican citizens over the age of 12share things with each other online.” From this quote we can understand that digital technology has changed the way society is today. New media has changed the active audience to a much younger age and now nearly anything is possible for the younger generation. Sharing, connecting and being creative is accessible to everyone with the internet. (David Gauntlett – Web 2.0). http://www.ted.com/speakers/clay_shir ky.html
Quotes..“The more ideas there are incirculation, the more ideas there arefor any individual to disagree with.More media always means morearguing.”From this quote we can relate his theory toMorozov’s theory of the net delusion and thedark side of the internet. Much likemorozov, shirky believes that the internet iscausing a corrupt society, where peopleargue, debate and problems occur much moreregularly. Within we-media and democracy theeffects from peoples tweets, Facebook updatesand videos can effect many different people.Resulting in punishments due to surveillance. http://www.ted.com/speakers/clay_shir ky.html
Clay Shirky studies the effects on internet on society, hehas also written two books, Here Comes Everybody: ThePower of Organizing Without Organizations (2008) andCognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in aConnected Age (2010).
Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day)transform governmenthttp://www.ted.com/talks/clay_shirky_how_the_internet_will_one_day_transform_government.html