Clay Shirky recently gave a talk at the U.S. State Department, hosted and recorded by TED. It’s from his usual (and I think, brilliant) perspective, with great examples.

My favorite thought is that the Internet has changed from a “source of information” to a “site of coordination.” Enjoy.

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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. He has worked as Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher of JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Publishing Director of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are his own.


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A lot here that scholarly (really, ANY) publishers, should consider. “The days when control was held by a relatively small number and distributed to the masses are over and will never return.” There should be channels open to communicate not only between the community and the producer of the message, but also to facilitate the discussion between and among the community members.

The one area, where publishers do have a strength in this situation, however is in the quality and strength of its vetting and analysis roles. Provide greater services for discovery, exchange and reaction to ideas, but also and possibly most critical is focus on the vetting and review. Publishers who succeed in helping readers determine what is most valuable to read are most likely to succeed.

Thanks for the pointer, Kent! A great story.

Do you know the date of this talk? Very relevant to what is happening in Iran right now. Thanks for posting this Kent!

From what I can tell, it was first posted on June 16th, but even the TED web site only says it was filmed in June 2009, no day date. But the first comment was posted there on 6/16, and the first viral appearance I can find is that same day.

So, I guess it was filmed sometime between June 1 and June 15, 2009.

Either way, it’s only more relevant today than the day it was filmed.

Thanks for the comment!

“Convene supporters not control supporters” – just one of the many great points Shirky makes. Thanks, Kent.

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