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Unless you've been living under a rock over the past few years, you would have noticed an explosion in ways that people interact, collaborate and exchange information online. We are probably undergoing the greatest technological shift since the advent of e-mail, and it'd probably hard to grasp all the ramifications that profound new change is heralding. Every year now, or sometimes every month, several new information terms and products enter our collective consciousness, terms like blog, Twitter, Digg, Facebook, MySpace, collaborative filtering, crowdsourcing, online social networking, and many, many others. It becomes harder and harder to keep track of what each one of them means, little less of how to use it or whether to use it at all. Many of them may just be passing fads, but it is hard to deny that put together they are part of some larger trend. However, it may not be so obvious what this trend is all about and one often can't see the forest from all the trees. From that point, Clay Shirky's book "Here Comes Everybody" can be best understood as a field guide that will take you on a guided tour of this new forest and explain its immediate implications for how we live our lives, work or play. It is a very well written book, written in an easy-going journalistic style. It brings forth many real-life stories and case analyses that help with explaining these recent trends. The book is informative without being bogged down in technical jargon. It is also a very gripping read, and once one starts reading it is hard to put down. I would recommend it to everyone who is interested in getting a big picture of where we are headed in terms of collaborative technologies. 

Review: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

User Review  - Kelley - Goodreads

I really ought to write a fairer review. Alas, time constraints mean that I never get around to it. I end up snarking or kvelling way more than a book deserves, and never correct my initial ... Read full review

Review: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

User Review  - Elizabeth Licata - Goodreads

I realized about a third of the way through this book that I made a mistake in reading it after Cognitive Surplus. Since Shirky wrote this book first, many of his concepts are refined more in his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Judyta Szaciłło - Goodreads

If you have spent the last 20 years of your life in blissful ignorance of what was happening around you, it may as well turn out to be a fascinating book for you. However, if you are capable of ... Read full review

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User Review  - John Gentry - Goodreads

I had to read this book for one of my classes, Anthropology of Media and Culture. Perhaps this is what created my dislike of this book. The whole time reading I felt like it was all old news. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zan Godschalx - Goodreads

This is a great book for anyone who has an interest in social psychology and the impact technology has on groups and their ability to implement action. Clay Shirky's goal is to explain how new ... Read full review

Review: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

User Review  - Jeffrey Hart - Goodreads

I enjoyed reading this book, and found Clay Shirky to be not so much of an uncritical fan of the Internet as Evgeny Morozov claims in his essays and books. The strength of the book lies in its use of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Harlan - Goodreads

Despite being six years old now, this is still highly relevant to those thinking about how society is changed by reduced barriers to collaboration and communication. (The funny bits are him talking ... Read full review

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User Review  - Yzabel Ginsberg - Goodreads

Interesting, but probably more so for people who don't know that much to social networks and other communication tools. Read full review

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User Review  - Jeff Gabriel - Goodreads

Incredibly insightful and it provides a useful meta-narrative framework from which to evaluate the continued influence of the internet. The impact is still growing and it is helpful to understand the underpinnings as explained by Shirky. Read full review


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