Internet guru Clay Shirky, author of “Here Comes Everybody” and “Cognitive Surplus” explains that once upon a time, culture were so inherently participatory that you didn’t need a special phrase to describe it. An optimist, he explains how we’re using the freedom of the internet to come back together, in real life.
Clay Shirky is an American writer, consultant and teacher on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. He has a joint appointment at New York University (NYU) as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and Assistant Arts Professor in the New Media focused graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).
He has written and been interviewed about the Internet since 1996. His columns and writings have appeared in Business 2.0, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review and Wired. Shirky divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. H
is consulting practice is focused on the rise of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, web services, and wireless networks that provide alternatives to the wired client–server infrastructure that characterizes the World Wide Web. He is a member of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Advisory Board. In The Long Tail, Chris Anderson calls Shirky “a prominent thinker on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies.”
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