Oprah Time: Here comes everybody by Clay Shirky

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Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky is the book of the moment. The 2008 version of The Tipping Point. Shirky writes a book about the way that productive, collaborative groups form–groups that are larger and more distributed than at any other time: the places where our social networks and technological networks overlap.

Shirky’s prose provides some great case studies that I am likely to turn into slides when I present and provide important food for thought particularly for those involved in reputation management and crisis communications programmes. Shirky writes in an accessible easy-to-read way that moves his book beyond an audience of web-centric wonks like me to the ‘everybody’ of the book title.

What the book lacks is quantitative data to support the qualitative anecdotal research that Shirky pulled together. My other concern is that people will think that social media is excessively easy to do. It isn’t; for every successful campaign there are countless numbers of campaigns that don’t get the attention they deserve – the Boycott Strada and Cafe Rouge Facebook group being a case in point.

One reply on “Oprah Time: Here comes everybody by Clay Shirky”

  1. I’ve not read the book but have heard Clay Shirky speak at at the RSA and it was inspirational and I fully agree with what you said about it being “the new Tipping Point”.

    In his RSA presentation he did talk about the limits of getting a book published and how long it takes to get published. Anything from 9 months to 18 months can go by from when you finish your book to when it hits the shop most people would want to have written their book differently.

    Shirky was no exception and in the talk he actually provided a number of concrete examples (including groups in Facebook) that he would have included in the book if he could write it again today.

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