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Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, Chapter 1

January 25, 2012

Shirky made this book interesting right from the start. As I was reading I was intrigued and became so involved in the story. I wanted to know what happened next, and as Shirky begins to explain how the public has become so attached to technology and how it is so easy to find people I realized that I was a part of who he was talking about as well. I think he wrote this very well because he took account of both sides of the story and made convincing and strong arguments for each perspective. I believe that he started his book with this story to show the readers that it is very easy to get wrapped up in these type of stories to the point where you are not just reading about something but you take an involvement in it. As people began to come together and even though they were complete strangers they worked together in something that they cared about, even though it was just a lost phone. A lot of the points that he makes is that we are social people, we do not just work by ourselves but with other people and if we want something done it is going to get done in a group effort.  This shows how we work together and as we grow larger someone will have to start too manage the group and then the managers will have to managed. But I also like the point he makes about the way that communication has changed, and in return so has our society. He mentions that five years ago this lost sidekick story could never have happened and I think that is important to think about. We have come so far in technology and now relay on it so much that the way in which we literally talk to someone has completely changed. Not only is the communication aspect a big deal but the group effort that ties into it is as well.  It’s all a part of how humans interact with each other and then how those relationships work in our social technology world.



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