How the conditions described by Shirky relate to the practice of Wiki editors

In the first two chapter of “Here Comes Everybody” by Clay Shirky, he describes how society comes together through technological advancements. He first tells the story of the lost cellphone, in which numerous people took action to make it possible for the cellphone to be returned and the person who stole it to pay for their crime. He then describes different events, such as the Mermaid Parade, in which Flickr and other media forms were very useful in sharing photos and comments due to a simple chain of events. “People take pictures, people share pictures, you see pictures,” Shirky describes. It is the same for information. People gather information, people share this information through different media sources, and anyone can see this information, thanks to today’s technology. People do not need to get together to do this anymore. Shirky says, “Our electronic networks are enabling novel forms of collective action, enabling the creation of collaborative groups that are larger and more distributed than at any other time in history.” This gives us the understand that with all the social tools that society consists of today, groups do not need to get together to organize these networks. The users can share their information with others through various websites, such as Wikipedia. Shirky explains that these groups are loosely structured, “operating without managerial direction and outside the profit movement.” However, regardless of their lack of managerial direction, these groups are still well organized through our social networking. Shirky claims that by sharing, contributing, and cooperating, the users of these social networks are helping each other and creating a community to share their resources. He also states that no one person can take credit for these projects, which we can especially notice with Wiki editors. The website is completed by numerous participants who all shared different information. We have always relied on group efforts, but technology and social tools have made these group efforts much easier to do.


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Lili, Loofbourow. “Are Women People?.” The Hairpin. N.p., 19 Jan. 2012.
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The article “Are Women People?” by Lil Loofbourow explains how the author was searching for something to read from Project Gutenberg. When coming across the book title “Are Women People?” with the only information about it being that it was written in 1915 by Alice Duer Miller, she assumed it was written by some anti-suffragist. After finding out some more information about the book and the time period, Loofbourow learned that she assumed wrong. The book actually contained a bunch of humorous, satirical poems that mocked anti-suffragists. This article then proceeds to give us a bunch of examples of these poems.

The poems provided in this article, which are all taken from the book “Are Women People?” are very funny, however this article was not very useful in any way. The author simply introduced the book to us and then shared some of it’s works. Even her title is the same as the book’s title. She did not offer much of her own input or an copious amount of background information. If someone is looking for some comical poems for feminists, this offers quite a few. However, one would probably just be better off reading the book itself rather than reading this article, considering this article only provided very little information about the book, and then simply quoted a few of the poems from the book. The book would offer much more content, and more background information could probably be found somewhere else on the internet. The poems were very enjoyable, but the credit would go to the author of the book, Alice Duer Miller, not the author of this article, Lil Loofbourow. Loofbourow makes a good point that one should not make assumptions about a book before knowing what it is about, however, she does not offer much more than that at all.