Here Comes Everybody

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
by Clay Shirky [Penguin] buy online

Clay Shirky is among the keenest observers of the real-world uses of social networking applications on the Internet. Here he has written the most essential account of grassroots networking online, and how it has transformed the balance of social power for consumers and citizens. Rather than repeating hype about the potential benefits of user-publishing and networking tools such as Flickr, Meetup, Wikipedia and blogs, Shirky gives a searching examination of how users and readers actually engage with these tools, and how they really have disrupted previous communications norms. Shirky's storytelling abilities made the book a pleasurable read. Includes an extended and challenging discussion of social media and news, in which he problematizes the notion of journalistic professionalism. -jl

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