Clay Shirky on Colbert

Hurrah for Clay Shirky for pulling off a masterful stint on The Colbert Report, promoting his new book Here Comes Everybody, one of the tightest, sweetest explanations of What The Internet Is For that I've ever read. Link (Thanks, Jeff!)

See also:
Clay Shirky's masterpiece: Here Comes Everybody
Clay Shirky's Harvard talk: Here Comes Everybody
Shirky talks activism: how group forming networks change protest


  1. That was good stuff last night. I so want to read his book… I guess I’ll get around to it sometime.

    Anyone seen any of those stickers on doritos bags? Or anything else for that matter?


  2. Fellow Canadians: just use one of the thousands of sites that offer free proxy servers to mask your IP and you can play all of the videos that the CRTC worries will destroy our “Canadian culture”!

  3. So did anything “interesting” happen the next day with the Doritos stickers as predicted by Shirky?

  4. Good video, but Linux has a lot of commercial support

    It does now, but those companies would never have been interested (nor would there have been anything to be interested in) were it not for the global Internet-connected community of volunteers and enthusiasts that built up around that certain Finnish student and his hobby operating system.

  5. that was awesome, he did a great job handling colbert which from what i’ve seen, can be a hard thing to do ;)

  6. Saw this one when it aired, and I thought Shirky did manage to get some points in edgewise, which as Ridstowe said is hard to do.

    I did think it was odd, though, that he never looked at Stephen or at the camera when he was talking.

  7. bah!

    “Older citizens, the poor, the illiterate and the socially excluded” is accused, then the author proceeds to the same old elitism with a crack about “the long tail of proliferating mediocrity”.

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