Time Warner has called and they want us all back on the couch, just consuming - not producing, not sharing - and we should say, 'No.'
Unlike sharing, where the group is mainly an aggregate of participants, cooperating creates group identity.
Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution
Communications tools don't get socially interesting until they get technologically boring.
[C]ollaborative production is simple: no one person can take credit for what gets created, and the project could not come into being without the participation of many.
The change we are in the middle of isn't minor and it isn't optional.
A revolution doesn’t happen when society adopts new tools. It happens when society adopts new behaviors
We systematically overestimate the value of access to information and underestimate the value of access to each other.
When we change the way we communicate, we change society.
So forget about blogs and bloggers and blogging and focus on this - the cost and difficulty of publishing absolutely anything, by anyone, into a global medium, just got a whole lot lower. And the effects of that increased pool of potential producers is going to be vast.
We are in a world where most American citizens over the age of 12 share things with each other online.
The threat [of the U.S. bills SOPA and PIPA] is the inversion of the burden of proof, where we suddenly are all treated like thieves at every moment we're given the freedom to create, to produce or to share.
It is the people who figure out how to work simply in the present, rather than the people who mastered the complexities of the past, who get to say what happens in the future.
It did not take long after the rise of the commercial printing press before someone figured out that erotic novels were a good idea. ... It took people another 150 years to even think of the scientific journal.
It’s not information overload. It’s filter failure.
Upgrading one's imagination about what is possible is always a leap of faith.
Curiously, once technology gets boring, the social effects get interesting.
Our social tools are not an improvement to modern society, they are a challenge to it.
If someone around you is multitasking, you pick up distraction like second-hand smoke.
The more ideas there are in circulation, the more ideas there are for any individual to disagree with. More media always means more arguing.
There's no such thing as information overload-only filter failure.
Prior to the internet, the last technology that had any real effect on the way people sat down and talked together was the table
The Shirky Principle declares that complex solutions, like a company, or an industry, can become so dedicated to the problem they are the solution to, that often they inadvertently perpetuate the problem.
There are three things you need to be a good writer: you need to read a lot, you need to write a lot, and you need a lot of feedback.
Multi-taskers often think they are like gym rats, bulking up their ability to juggle tasks, when in fact they are like alcoholics, degrading their abilities through over-consumption.
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