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Clay Shirky on Internet Issues Facing Newspapers

Clay Shirky describes the changing news landscape that has put accountability journalism at risk, and outlines a “journalistic ecosystem” that is needed to preserve essential watchdog role of the press.

This talk was sponsored by the Joan Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Find links to the summary and transcript of this talk at:
 http://www.hks.harvard.edu/presspol/news…

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Add comment October 2nd, 2009

Radio Berkman 131: Clay Shirky asks “How’s Your Web?”

Internet access. Anymore, it’s something many of us take for granted. Like water from the tap, power from the plug, outrageous outbursts from Kanye West. It’s there, it happens – why question it?

Sure, there’s a lot of buzz about broadband and net neutrality going on in Washington, and in Geek Caves around the country. But the Net users on Main Street haven’t yet hit a tipping point. The fact is, your average consumer’s web connection isn’t very fast or cheap. But it is just fast and cheap enough that they won’t question, complain, or demand better.

What is the ideal web? And how do we get past the consumer complacency to build it?

Well, Clay Shirky has some ideas. And we were lucky enough to get an exclusive with him on One Web Day earlier this week. Listen in as he lays out a few visions for the potential of the web.

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There was more from Clay than we could fit in this week’s podcast. Check out some extras from him on Radio Berkman Supreme: or download
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Reference Section:
Clay lives on the web here
Notes and audio from Clay’s talk at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School on Tuesday
Video from Clay’s talk last year at the Berkman Center

CC-licensed music this week:
Coconut Monkeyrocket: “Accidental Beatnik”
Podington Bear – Jackie and Floyd

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Add comment September 24th, 2009

Clay Shirky, “Here Comes Everybody”

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Clay Shirky, author of the just release Here Comes Everybody, spoke at Harvard Law School’s Austin Hall last Thursday night.

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2 comments March 4th, 2008

Radio Berkman 158: Thinking About Thinking About the Net

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Take a look at the headlines of any major newspaper or news magazine. Check out the non-fiction bestsellers at Amazon. The net is on everyone’s minds.

Or more specifically, the way the net is on our minds is on our minds. Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows paints a bleak picture of what the net is doing to our plastic brains, cheapening our relationships, and ruining our attention spans. Clay Shirky’s recent release Cognitive Surplus on the other hand celebrates the web’s power to enable quick, smart, crowdsourced action and creativity.

Hundreds of other authors and thinkers have responded with their own variations and theories on what the internet is doing to us, and what we are doing on the net.

With all of this thinking on the net, we thought it was time to do some thinking on the thinking on the net. And luckily we have two great thinker thinkers in house.

Our very own David Weinberger has suggested jokingly that there should be a Myers-Briggs test for net fanaticism, while memetracker and ROFLCon founder Tim Hwang has grouped net thinkers into schools. Today, they explain how different thinkers think on the net, and importantly, why the heck everyone’s so interested.

What kind of net thinker are you? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

Reference Section:
David’s Myers-Briggs Test for net fanaticism here
Tim’s Schools of Internet Thought here
More net thoughts, smarter vs. dumber, optimist vs. pessimist, from Clay Shirky, Nicholas Carr, Andrew McAfee, Adam Thierer, Sherry Turkle, and Jaron Lanier. And of course Statler & Waldorf.

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Add comment July 14th, 2010

MediaBerkman’s Top 11 Topics of 2009

BestOfThe Berkman Center for Internet & Society hosted, partnered on, and generated a heaping helping of fascinating talks and pieces of media in 2009 – and tens of thousands of YOU watched, listened, discussed, and linked to our media – which just goes to show how big of year its been for internet, society, and technology! In honor of the Berkman Center’s 11th year, we take a look back at 2009 and see what you thought were 11 of the most interesting topics.
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1 comment December 18th, 2009


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