Reality turned out to be much more complicated. What we forgot is that technology magnifies power in both directions. When the powerless found the Internet, suddenly they had power. But while the unorganized and nimble were the first to make use of the new technologies, eventually the powerful behemoths woke up to the potential -- and they have more power to magnify. And not only does the Internet change power balances, but the powerful can also change the Internet.
Complete this real Clay Shirky phrase - no Googling! "Just as water is wet in a way that individual water molecules aren’t, big data can..."
I was completely appalled at the way they were all furrowing their brows and nodding sagely at the total nonsense I was hearing -- AlsoMikeLook, all other considerations aside, if Larry Lessig is nodding sagely at something that you think is total nonsense, the correct reaction is not to think that Lessig is the ignorant one in the situation.
I was completely appalled at the way they were all furrowing their brows and nodding sagely at the total nonsense I was hearing -- AlsoMike
He only mentions "transparency" off-hand; he spends a lot more time arguing that clear hierarchys function better than decentralised "leaderless" movements, because the embracing leaderlessness often means not actually not having leaders but having leaders who won't admit they are such, and take no responsibility for the consequences of their decisions.
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