Tag: clay shirky
Broad and sweeping, yet detailed and penetrating, Clay Shirky’s volume “Here Come’s Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations” is a tour de force of how technology influences group activity and organisation. Shirky skillfully blended social sciences like psychology, sociology and anthropology with elements of the social web – mailing lists, forums, blogs, Youtube, Flickr, MySpace, Facebook, Wikipedia and Twitter.
Weaving his words into an easily digestible narrative, Shirky isn’t afraid to borrow theories and concepts to back up his claims. A notable example is the Coasean Theory, which states that high transaction costs make hierarchical organisations more efficient than individuals striking agreements with each other. Shirky’s argument is that the lowering of coordination costs to practically zero through social tools like forums, emails, and blogs make it possible for new loosely structured groups to form outside traditional organisations. Hence the Coasean Floor of transactional costs are lowered, making it efficient and cost effective for such groups to form.
Can you stand out in the crowded world of social media? (courtesy of Search Engine People)
As some of you may know, I am currently reading Clay Shirky’s interesting book “Here Comes Everybody” which examines the phenomenon of social behaviours and trends brought about by the onset of social networks and technologies. Several thoughts occurred to me, some triggered by Shirky’s ideas, many others not.
1) Social media doesn’t really replace traditional human behaviour, but provides new platforms and tools to manifest previously latent tendencies. Recent examples include the organising of meet-ups via forums, Facebook, or other social networking platforms, which caters to our urge to converge. We have always wanted to converse with our friends and family members – social media just makes it easier and more efficient to do so. Platforms like Youtube, Flickr and Odeo also caters to our interests like making home videos, taking photographs and composing our own music while sharing it with the world.
Clay Shirky speaks at the Smithsonian (courtesy of taoboy)
After several weeks of doing some online research/surfing/bumming around and asking friends (like the ultra intelligent Kevin Lim), I managed to get a handle (well partially) on what’s happening for social media in the museum world. Here’s what I found after some digging around:
First is the discovery of a blog aggregator for museums around the world called (surprise surprise) Museum Blogs! Believe it or not, there are now some 331 museums blogs (at least those which are captured here) around the world. I am glad to see that our dearly beloved Yesterday.sg is there too! Yay.
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