Top 10 Quotes by Clay Shirky

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Society is not just the product of its individual members; it is also the product of its constituent groups.

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Civic participants don't aim to make life better merely for members of the group. They want to improve even the lives of people who never participate...
Clay Shirky

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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The loss of control you fear is already in the past.
Clay Shirky

Tools get socially interesting after they're no longer technologically interesting.

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The more people are involved in a given task, the more potential agreements need to be negotiated to do anything, and the greater the transaction costs.
Clay Shirky

What you need for a participatory system to work: "a plausible promise, an effective tool, and an acceptable bargain."

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The Shirky Principle declares that complex solutions, like a company, or an industry, can become so dedicated to the problem they are the solution to, that often they inadvertently perpetuate the problem.
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Algorithms don't do a good job of detecting their own flaws. Clay Shirk

Clay Shirky
There is a giant gulf between doing something and doing nothing. And someone who makes a lolcat and uploads it - even if only to crack their friends up - has already crossed that chasm to doing something. That's the sea change, and you can see it even with the cute cats.