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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