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Paul:

There is much more to the book than open source, of course. I oversimplified over what captivated me most. There is a whole conversation around the power of one to many and that of the group that is changing and has changed dynamics for business and civic governance.

I'll be curious to learn what you think of the book.

Hi Valeria,

I have just ordered the book! I have been meaning to for a while but your post reminded me to grab it.

From my perspective, the open source debate is an interesting one. It's definitely a trend indicative of the 'participation' theme, but open source tech communities can also be very political, unresponsive and lacking in good documentation and support. Unstructured groups of humans, even coalescing around a single goal, can go off the rails.

@Kat - even though I knew many of the examples Shirky uses from tales of the Web, I enjoyed his clear exposition and how he connected the dots.

@Mads - I think you're onto something here. Content for people is just that - what they know, how they share it, etc. The effect that mass publication of (in some cases) goof stuff had - when in some cases it went viral - gave hope to an otherwise tired and over-engineered messages machine new hope. I would rather see us go more in the direction of allowing creatives to be creative again. Cirque du Soleil comes to mind.

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