In Clay Shirky’s book, “Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organization”, Shirky analyzes human beings and society as a whole. He states sociability is one of our core capabilities as human beings. Individuals do not live in this world alone, so people formed networks of groups to accomplish incredible feats. Shirky points out that new technology is being developed quickly and it is changing how we communicate in society. With this new technology expanding the reach of communication in our society new kinds of groups are forming. These new groups are occurring everywhere because they do not cost much to create or exist. There is little economic cost as well is cost in the sense of time, effort, or attention. Throughout the book Shirky makes a firm effort to inform the reader that technology is a platform but it would not be nothing more that if groups did not use them effectively.
Shirky describes how effective it is to work outside the traditional framework of institutions and organizations. With this new technology if you want to work with dozens of individuals without a manager. There is a new ability to share information, cooperate with one another, and to take collective action as a unit. Most of the barriers that groups faced to take action have collapsed; they are free to explore new ways of gathering together and getting things done. New social tools such as email groups, Facebook groups, and Flickr have no operating cost and structured that there is no manager giving them direction. They have the ease of assembling, information sharing, experimentation, collaborative production and collective action in their favor.
Overall I agree with Shirky. The form on new technology and the ability of individuals to use these methods to get a message out quicker is positive. But I do not like how he ignores the negative affects of these groups forming. Yes he mentions it here and there in his book but over arching theme are how the technology has grown and how the groups have grown. He gives you many examples of how this explosion of groups has had a positive impact but I would of like to see more examples of how it has negatively impact society. Every tool can be used in a good or evil way. That is the problem. You cannot say that groups forming this fast is all positive because it is not. Yes the widespread of information can be good but it is not good all the time. What if the KKK had social networks back in the early and mid 90’s? I can tell you that it wouldn’t be good.
With the new form on technology allowing everyone to get there point across in a much faster rate it has to be wonder if the information you are receiving is correct. Most of the time these individuals in the social group have not had training in communication. Furthermore the notion that if everyone in the group has decided on a piece of information being factual but in all actuality it is false, and we have to wait for someone to come along and inform the group that they are wrong scares me. I think that is why we have experts in areas. It is been proven that a large group of people can be wrong on a subject. Should the terms specialist, expert, and connoisseur just be thrown out. And if the group or community has grown too large there needs to be someone there to keep them on task. Individuals working together are great but they do not always work, someone sooner or later steps up to be leader.