Clay Shirky Quotes

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Clay Shirky Quotes

We are moving from sharing to cooperation to collective action.
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A Wikipedia article is a process, not a product.

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The future presented by the internet is the mass amateurization of publishing and a switch from 'Why publish this?' to 'Why not?

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It is our misfortune, as a historical generation, to live through the largest expansion in expressive capability in human history, a misfortune because abundance breaks more things than scarcity.

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The centrality of group effort to human life means that anything that changes the way groups function will have profound ramifications for everything from commerce and government to media and religion.

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Multitude of books is a great evil

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The simplest answer is that the user had access to reality-every company builds a bubble around itself, where the products get built and tested in a more controlled environment than they get used in. This is especially true of complex software. What the early users enabled Xiaomi to see was how MIUI actually worked when real (albeit unusually technically proficient) people tried to install it on a wide variety of devices.

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The basic capabilities of tools like Flickr reverse the old order of group activity, transforming 'gather, then share' into 'share, then gather'.

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Social motivations can drive far more participation than personal motivation alone

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The Dean campaign had accidentally created a movement for a passionate few rather than a vote-getting operation.

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Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun

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Carpooling is important for urban density, air pollution and other reasons, but carpooling is not the kind of thing that actually changes the energy equation.

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The whole, 'Is the Internet a good thing or a bad thing'? We're done with that. It's just a thing. How to maximise its civic value, its public good - that's the really big challenge.

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I certainly never intended for myself an academic career and, were the academy to suffer, I'd just go do something else. I don't have a commitment to it or to really, frankly, almost any institution that assumes that it has to be stable forever.

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There are three things you need to be a good writer: you need to read a lot, you need to write a lot, and you need a lot of feedback.

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Behavior is motivation filtered through opportunity.

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Multi-taskers often think they are like gym rats, bulking up their ability to juggle tasks, when in fact they are like alcoholics, degrading their abilities through over-consumption.

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With the old economics destroyed, organizational forms perfected for industrial production have to be replaced with structures optimized for digital data. It makes increasingly less sense even to talk about a publishing industry, because the core problem publishing solves - the incredible difficulty, complexity, and expense of making something available to the public - has stopped being a problem.

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