Top 10 Quotes by Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

Our social life is literally primal, in the sense that chimpanzees and gorillas, our closest relatives among the primates, are also social.

Clay Shirky
Behavior is motivation filtered through opportunity.
Clay Shirky

Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution

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

What I think is coming instead are much more organic ways of organizing information than our current categorization schemes allow, based on two units - the link, which can point to anything, and the tag, which is a way of attaching labels to links. The strategy of tagging - free-form labeling, without regard to categorical constraints - seems like a recipe for disaster, but as the Web has shown us, you can extract a surprising amount of value from big messy data sets.

Clay Shirky
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.
Clay Shirky

Algorithms dont do a good job of detecting their own flaws.

Clay Shirky
It is the people who figure out how to work simply in the present, rather than the people who mastered the complexities of the past, who get to say what happens in the future.
Clay Shirky

Wikipedia [...] is the product not of collectivism but of unending argumentation.

Clay Shirky
Collaboration is not an absolute good.