Clay Shirky is My New Hero

I just read a transcript of a talk by Clay Shirky, who has recently written a book called Here Comes Everybody. It's getting a lot of buzz, you've probably heard of it from someone besides me.

Anyway, there's a tidbit at the end of this transcript that gave me chills:

We're going to look at every place that a reader or a listener or a viewer or a user has been locked out, has been served up passive or a fixed or a canned experience, and ask ourselves, "If we carve out a little bit of the cognitive surplus and deploy it here, could we make a good thing happen?"

That, my friends, is as close to a manifesto of digital culture as I have ever seen. There's also a video of his talk, if you're the kind what looks at online video:

Many thanks to Making Light for bringing this to my attention. You can bet dollars to doughnuts I'm going to be going out and picking up that book.


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