Here Comes Everybody

As someone who works in a career sitting at the crossroads of Television and the Internet, Clay Shirky’s talk and essay elicit both nods and hand-wringing from me.

Nodding because a lot of my personal “free time” is spent blogging, playing World of Warcraft, twittering, uploading pics to Flickr and contributing, albeit infrequently, to WikiPedia. Wringing my hands because the most common question I’m asked when explaining blogging & Web 2.0: “How do people find the time to do this stuff?”

Until now I didn’t have an answer. I tended mainly to focus on ease of use, democratization of tools and the fact that people are social animals and want to participate.

Clay Shirky’s answer is better.

Please, please, please if you enjoy the internet as it exists today and you understand the ways in which the world is changing the media (and vice versa), watch or read what he has to say.

[Via Warren Ellis]

And as someone who does work in the “old media” I can assure that while not everyone has fully internalized the sea change of the internet – specifically Web 2.0 – they know things are changing and they realize they need to listen to folks like me. Which is good for you and hopefully good for my future gainful employment.


Also, I don’t own the book Here Comes Everybody just yet, but it’s on my “to buy” list.

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  1. Participating…

    Having mentioned participation already this week I thought I’d give a shout out to some of the active participating I’ve been doing recently: Color War.
    What: Color War 2008
    Who: ZeFranktw
    When: All the time
    Where: Twitter primarily, but pr…

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