So forget about blogs and bloggers and blogging and focus on this - the cost and difficulty of publishing absolutely anything, by anyone, into a global medium, just got a whole lot lower. And the effects of that increased pool of potential producers is going to be vast.

-Clay Shirky
Clay Shirky

The threat [of the U.S. bills SOPA and PIPA] is the inversion of the burden of proof, where we suddenly are all treated like thieves at every moment we're given the freedom to create, to produce or to share.

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

The more ideas there are in circulation, the more ideas there are for any individual to disagree with. More media always means more arguing.

Clay Shirky
Wikipedia is forcing people to accept the stone-cold bummer that knowledge is produced and constructed by argument rather than by divine inspiration.
Clay Shirky

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

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

Anyone who has his e-mail client notify him anytime an e-mail comes in has already lost.

Clay Shirky
You used to have to own a radio tower or television tower or printing press. Now all you have to have is access to an Internet cafe or a public library, and you can put your thoughts out in public.
Clay Shirky

Prior to the internet, the last technology that had any real effect on the way people sat down and talked together was the table

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