Clay Shirky Clay Shirky (born 1964) 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). His courses address, among other things, the interrelated effects of the topology of social networks and technological networks, how our networks shape culture and vice-versa. Education and career Shirky was the first Professor of New Media in the Media Studies department at Hunter College, where he developed the MFA in Integrated Media Arts program. In the Fall of 2010, Shirky was a visiting Morrow Lecturer at Harvard University's John F. Views In his book Here Comes Everybody, Shirky explains how he has long spoken in favor of crowdsourcing and collaborative efforts online. 
For Archivists, ‘Occupy’ Movement Presents New Challenges - Wired Campus Baltimore – Howard Besser, a New York University archivist, recently got into a shouting match at an Occupy protest, making a case for why the activists should preserve records of their activities. “Within the Occupy movement there’s a huge suspicion of traditional organizations, including libraries and universities,” Mr. Besser explained Monday at the spring meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information. The shouting match was an extreme moment, but Mr. Mr. Even Occupy protesters who become convinced of the value of such archiving have rejected traditional relationships with the archivists, however. As a compromise, many protesters are releasing videos and photos they have taken at the protests under a Creative Commons license that allows anyone to store them and use them for research purposes. That means that the materials are unusually public, however, sitting on the Web for anyone to see rather than in a box in a library storage room. Return to Top
Culture and admin Béatrice Hibou, La bureaucratisation du monde à l’ère néolibérale, La Découverte, Paris, 2012. 223 pp., €17.00 pb., 978 2 70717 439 0. Ben Kafka, The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork, Zone Books, New York, 2012. 182 pp., £19.95 hb., 978 1 93540 826 0. The ascendancy of neoliberalism was accompanied by all sorts of mendacious advertising for the rollback of the state. Bureaucracy became a byword for everything oppressive, rigid and inefficient about the planner-state, everything that marketization promised to dissolve into supple flows and individual solutions. Hibou begins her helpful survey of the return of neoliberalism’s repressed with the chronicle of a day in the life and work of French nurse Alice, in the absurdist ‘wonderland’ of infinite auditing, relentless form-filling and automated calls. Second, and key to Hibou’s stance, is an intensification of the ‘formal’ character of bureaucracy.
Here Comes Everybody This article is about the book. For the fictional character, see Finnegans Wake. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations is a book by Clay Shirky published by Penguin Press in 2008 on the effect of the Internet on modern group dynamics and organization. The title of the work alludes to HCE, a recurring and central figure in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Synopsis In the book, Shirky recounts how social tools such as blogging software like WordPress and Twitter, file sharing platforms like Flickr, and online collaboration platforms like Wikipedia support group conversation and group action in a way that previously could only be achieved through institutions. "[Every] institution lives in a kind of contradiction: it exists to take advantage of group effort, but some of its resources are drained away by directing that effort. Key concepts Coasean Ceiling/Coasean Floor Coasean Ceiling Coasean Floor Promise, Tool, Bargain Critical response
7 Citizen Journalism Websites For Crowdsourced News Citizen journalism in the simple sense is news collected and published online by people like you and me. We aren’t reporters by any stretch, but citizen journalism websites gives us an opportunity to speak as interested observers. It is freedom of speech without any censorship in its unadulterated sense. Citizen journalism as first witness accounts or even as second hand reporting has gained credibility thanks to many media channels. The common man as a commentator or a reporter also goes where walking-the-beat journos sometimes can’t. So check out these seven social news websites for a week long reading of news put together by citizen journalists. Now Public A multimedia news site with 5 million readers puts it in the top bracket of citizen journalism news coverage. CNN iReport CNN iReport is an example of a mainstream news media company that’s also tapping into the power of citizen journalism. Digital Journal All Voices Newsvine Wikinews Demotix Image Credit: Shutterstock
Slavoj Zizek - A New Kind of Communism The Myth of the Techno-Utopia independentmedia.ca: a directory of non-corporate journalism Digital Labor: The Internet as Playground and Factory: Amazon.co.uk: Trebor Scholz For those interested in the theorization and operations of the Internet in the age of the "Web 2.0" hallucination, this volume is required reading. The book came from the 2009 "Internet as Playground and Factory" conference at the New School. As an attendee of the conference I can attest it was a fantastic event. Scholz asks, "What does it mean to be a digital worker today?" The book is divided into four parts: Part I, the Shifting of Labor Markets; Part II, Interrogating Modes of Digital Labor; Part III, the Violence of Participation; Part IV, Organizing Networks in an Age of Vulnerable Publics. In part I, this labour is amply discussed in essays by Andrew Ross and Tiziana Terranova. Part Two interrogates this Free Labour, and Part Three examines its violence and contradictions. Digital Labour concludes in Part IV, bringing theory and vision together. Read This Book.
Evgeny Morozov Evgeny Morozov (2010) Evgeny Morozov (Russian: Евгений Морозов) is a writer and researcher of Belarusian origin who studies political and social implications of technology. He is currently a senior editor at The New Republic. Life Morozov was born in 1984 in Soligorsk, Belarus. He attended the American University in Bulgaria and later lived in Berlin before moving to the United States. As of 2013 he is pursuing a Ph.D. in the history of science from Harvard. Thought Morozov expresses skepticism about the popular view that the Internet is helping to democratize authoritarian regimes, arguing that it could also be a powerful tool for engaging in mass surveillance, political repression, and spreading nationalist and extremist propaganda. The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom In January 2011, Morozov published his first book The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom (ISBN 978-1586488741). See also Epochalism References
Maybe you’re better off not holding hands and singing We Shall Overcome By Francesca Polletta Jennifer Earl and Katrina Kimport wade into the debate over the role of the Internet in contemporary social movements with a provocative claim: the Internet is ushering in a new repertoire of protest. In this repertoire, mobilizations are sporadic rather than deep-rooted and enduring. What makes this picture so compelling is not only that it is grounded in extensive and meticulous data on activists’ use of new digital media, but also that it builds on three decades of social movement theory and research. Earl and Kimport’s data is from 2006, and, as they point out, predates the rise of Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. How about the two most recent movements to occupy the international center stage—the Arab Spring and the Occupy movements? On the other hand, new digital media have been vital to both movements. So a collective identify forged online may be mobilizing precisely insofar is it is virtual, and therefore partial and even ambiguous. [ii] Lea, M. 2007.