Shirky on the "largest increase in expressive capability in human history"

"What matters here is technical capital, it's social capital. These tools don't get socially interesting until they get technologically boring. It isn't when the shiny new tools show up that their uses start permeating; it's when everyone is able to take them for granted.“"

Must see viewing ----> Ted Talks : Clay Shirky -- How Twitter can make history

After watching this video, the question the rises to the top of my head is how can libraries adjust their organizations to support the "many to many" when our core services have always been (basically still are) designed to support the "one to one" ?

Personally, I think the answer lies in Shirky's last example to "convene and support groups, not to control" them. :)

How about you?


Radical Patron said...

A rich many-to-many experience might come by bringing public librarians' rich local experience online.

Each day, our public librarians are exposed to a dynamic flow of information that reflects citizens' individual preferences and community characteristics. They circulate newspapers and town documents, interact with town departments and local businesses, work with school kids, observe the community’s content consumption and talk with folks around town.

Wouldn’t it be great to share that in an "online town commons"? I believe citizens would embrace and enrich this type of online community.

Sounds like a great open source project ...

Anonymous said...

Rad Pat,

Nice idea.