Top 10 Quotes by Clay Shirky

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
Operationally, the transactions were fairly trivial.
Clay Shirky

We are in a world where most American citizens over the age of 12 share things with each other online.

Clay Shirky
The historic role of the consumer has been nothing more than a giant maw at the end of the mass media's long conveyer belt, the all-absorbing Yin to the mass media's all-producing Yang....In the age of the internet, no one is a passive consumer anymore because everyone is a media outlet.
Clay Shirky

Egalitarianism is possible only in small social systems. Once a medium gets past a certain size fame is a forced move.

Clay Shirky
There is no larger collective-action problem than the environment. The three biggest lies of the environmental movement is that every little bit helps, you can do your part, and together we can do it.
Clay Shirky

Even with the sacred printing press, we got erotic novels 150 years before we got scientific journals.

Clay Shirky
Bureaucracies temporarily suspend the Second Law of Thermodynamics. In a bureaucracy, it's easier to make a process more complex than to make it simpler, and easier to create a new burden than kill an old one.
Clay Shirky

Anybody who predicts the death of cities has already met his spouse.

Clay Shirky
Communications tools don't get socially interesting until they get technologically boring.