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The Mass Amateurization of Social Communication

In Clay Shirky’s book, Here Comes Everybody, he examines the dynamics of group organization in social, cultural, and political fields, as described in the previous post “Cooperative Frameworks.” Shirky goes beyond this notion in the proceeding chapters and explores the capabilities that new media have given to the user and the ways in which individuals have appropriated new media tools and applied it to collective action.  “Cooperative Frameworks” provides a contextual platform on which Shirky builds his next points regarding self-publishing and collective action via the Web.

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Cooperative Frameworks

In the book Here Comes Everybody, Clay Shirky explores the profound impact that the loosely structured group has on society.  The ease at which these groups, free of managerial frameworks, can be formed today is rapidly changing the institutional landscape.

In 2006, a woman named Ivanna left her phone in the back of a New York City cab.  She asked her friend, Evan Guttman to offer a reward for its return by e-mailing a message that would show up on the phone.  Eventually, Evan set up a website about the missing phone which prompted several significant events: Continue reading