Here Comes Everybody: Questions

Discussion questions based on chapters 1-3 of Clay Shirky’s book, Here Comes Everybody.

Here Comes Everybody is a book about how technological innovation and new communication tools are sparking a revolution that is changing what we do, how we do it, and who we are. Shirky appears to be optimist towards this ‘revolution,’ but there appear to be downfalls to the increased sociability. Through networks we have become dramatically connected to one another. Isn’t the increase of social visibility detrimental to people? Don’t people want the ability to be social without being easily found and scrutinized publicly?

The ease and speed that new communication tools have provided us with, has made the possibility of information to go from local to global in a second. Doesn’t this lead to the spread of rumors around the world? Can’t this be damaging to people and societies?

How can we use the fact that forming groups has gotten easier to benefit more than recovering a Sidekick? How can the way we have changed communication, change society?

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