This post is part of “How We Will Read,” an interview series exploring the future of books from the perspectives of publishers, writers, and intellectuals.

This post is part of “How We Will Read,” an interview series exploring the future of books from the perspectives of publishers, writers, and intellectuals.

Clay Shirky on information overload versus filter failure

Clay Shirky on information overload versus filter failure

While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter, and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.

While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter, and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.

The idea of cognitive surplus, and the long tail, is a fundamental rethink of what we're doing in schools. We ignore this at our peril!    Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world via TED

The idea of cognitive surplus, and the long tail, is a fundamental rethink of what we're doing in schools. We ignore this at our peril! Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world via TED

Brilliant book on how to leverage our new found connectivity to solve problems on a mass scale. Also, does a great job of helping you think about use of modern technology in an innovative way. Clay Shirky rules.

Brilliant book on how to leverage our new found connectivity to solve problems on a mass scale. Also, does a great job of helping you think about use of modern technology in an innovative way. Clay Shirky rules.

❛Clay Shirky❜ TED@State 2009: "How cellphones, Twitter, Facebook can make history" ~ "While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics."

❛Clay Shirky❜ TED@State 2009: "How cellphones, Twitter, Facebook can make history" ~ "While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics."

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky http://www.amazon.com/dp/0143114948/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_kuORvb04H7068

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky http://www.amazon.com/dp/0143114948/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_kuORvb04H7068

"Clay Shirky's work focuses on the rising usefulness of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, wireless networks, social software 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."

"Clay Shirky's work focuses on the rising usefulness of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, wireless networks, social software 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."

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