Let’s give them something to talk about July 6, 2009Posted by David Gillespie in digital strategy, technology, work/life.
Tags: Clay Shirky, Facebook, social media, TED, Toronto, Twitter
So while waiting for Toronto‘s subway system to get its act together this morning, I caught Clay Shirky‘s latest online lecture, given as part of the TED series. The title, “How Twitter, Facebook and cell phones can make history” does a lousy job of conveying the depth of information and the ideas contained within. Back in November I touched on issues around social media and the gross misunderstanding of what was important in this new revolution, making the following statement:
It is a period that will forever be known as a time where it became as easy to create content as it was to consume it. THAT is the important part of what is going on.
Now, I’m on the record as being a fan of smart people agreeing with me, and in this case, Clay’s latest talk is bang on the money.
The moment we’re living through is the largest increase in expressive capability in human history.
He says it far more eloquently than I, granted, and the rest of his talk is loaded with fantastic insights and examples of how technologies, once ubiquitous, develop interesting uses (and not the other way around). The TED Talk is below. Enjoy, then go change the world.