Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
A woman loses her phone, and recruits an army of volunteers to get it back. A dissatisfied airline passenger spawns a movement with her weblog. Citizens with camera-phones are more effective than photojournalists at documenting the London Transport bombings. The world's largest encyclopaedia is... show more
A woman loses her phone, and recruits an army of volunteers to get it back. A dissatisfied airline passenger spawns a movement with her weblog. Citizens with camera-phones are more effective than photojournalists at documenting the London Transport bombings. The world's largest encyclopaedia is created by unmanaged participants. A handful of kids in Belarus create a political protest the state is powerless to stop. Everywhere you look, groups of people are coming together to share with one another, work together, or take some kind of public action.For the first time in history, we have tools that truly allow for this. In the same way the printing press amplified the individual mind and the telephone amplified two-way conversation, now a host of new tools, from instant messages and mobile phones to weblogs and wikis, amplify group communication. And because we are natively good at working in groups, this amplification of group effort will change more than business models: it will change society.
Publish date: February 28th 2008
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, Social Science
, Social Media
An interesting look at how social media is changing the way groups form and function. It's full of easy-to-understand, real-world examples. Occasionally the chapters are a bit redundant, but I read it two chapters at a time over the course of several days, so that redundancy helped me keep track of ...
Interesting, but probably more so for people who don't know that much to social networks and other communication tools.
The book is full of interesting anecdotes and observations, but Shirky's circuitous storytelling format wears out the reader pretty easily. It strikes me that this book is the work of an academic. He seems to be talking about what is already common knowledge. It would have had more impact if it were...