Here Comes Everybody

Clay Shirky begins his book subtitled “The Power of Organizing WIthout Organization” with the story of the stolen sidekick because it shows how communication devices have made it a lot easier for people to form groups and be social.  We know that humans have always been social beings, just as Shirky points out, “Our social life is literally primal, in the sense that chimpanzees and gorillas, our closest relatives among the primates, are also social.”  However, after seeing what an incredible impact Evan’s StoleSidekick page had on organizing a group that ended up getting everyone to work together to help Ivanna get her phone back, we realize that with today’s increasing technological advancements, being social has become even simpler.  As Shirky says, “These changes are profiound because they are amplifying or extending our essential social skills, and our characteristic social failings as well.” The story obviously teaches a moral lesson because of the fact that Sasha was punished for her crime, however this lesson could not have been taught without the use of technology or without the numerous people who participated in this scandal. This also leads us into realizing how important it is for society to work in groups.  According to Shirky, “We have always relied on group efforf for survival; even before the invention of agriculture, hunting and gathering required coordinated work and division of labor.”  Even though technology has a huge effect of making this story possible, it could not have progressed without the involvement of all the readers.  It is very important to keep in mind how technology and group-forming are extremely helpful to organizing society.


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