Anonymous related book: ‘Here Comes Everybody’

The book ‘Here Comes Everybody’ by Clay Shirky is the best thing I’ve found in understanding how a group like Anonymous could seemingly pop out of nowhere on the internet into real life.  Here’s a quote from the book…

“What the rise of new and newly powerful lay organizations shows us is that in the right cases people are willing and even eager to come together and affect the world. Motivataion, energy, and talent for action are all present in those sorts of groups – what was not present, until recently, was the ability to coordinate easily.

   Seen in that light, social tools don’t create collective action – they merely remove the obstacles to it.  Those obstacles have been so significant and pervasive, however, that as they are being removed, the world is becoming a different place.  This is why many of the significant changes are based not on the fanciest, newest bits of technology but on simple, easy-to-use tools like e-mail, mobile phones, and websites, because those are the tools most people have access to and, critically, are comfortable using in their daily lives.  Revolution doesn’t happen when society adopts new technologies – it happens when society adopts new behaviors.” [p. 159-160]

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One Response to “Anonymous related book: ‘Here Comes Everybody’”

  1. sandrar Says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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