After my earlier post expounding on Clay Shirky’s book, I’d like to focus again on a more recent—and brilliantly bold and stunningly composed—piece by him: Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable. (Written on March 13, it appears to be one of only three entries on his weblog. Hmm?)
He opens the entry with the simple, yet somehow perplexing notion that in 1993 a 14-year-old was sued simply for sharing an article he admired with lots and lots of people. And he closes the entry making the case of why new communication models “will rely on excitable 14-year-olds distributing.”
But sandwiched between references to that 14-year-old (could be the same one we discussed in class…) he makes a shockingly strong case:
Society doesn’t need newspapers.