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Here Comes Clay Shirky!

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When I was in Munich, I ran into well-known Web pundit, teacher and consultant Clay Shirky (pictured here), who was on the “Exploding Media” panel at Hubert Burda Media’s DLD–Digital, Life, Design–conference held there this week.

So I used the opportunity to talk to the always thoughtful Shirky about his new book, called “Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations,” which is set to come out in about a month from Penguin Press.

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I have not read the book yet, but it should be another that seeks to figure out what impact digital technologies are having on society. It is described as “how the wildfire-like spread of new forms of social interaction enabled by technology is changing the way humans form groups and exist within them, with profound long-term economic and social effects–for good and for ill.”

That sounds about right, but let’s let Shirky explain in this video:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik