Clay Shirky Speech

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Clay Shirky Speech at Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco
I just watched Clay Shirky’s speech at the recent Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco (see part 1 & part 2).  Author of Here Comes Everybody, Shirky talks about cognitive surplus, the time and intellectual capital that have spent on Sitcoms for the past 50 years, and are now starting to redirect into the infoverse and other domains, connecting with various places (i.e. Wikipedia) designed to take advantage of that time and intellectual ability (my definition).

Here’s a line that evidently didn’t hit me when I read the transcript for the speech a couple of weeks ago.  After telling the story of a four-year-old, who becomes discouraged when she can’t find the mouse on her family’s TV, he says,

Media that’s targeted at you but doesn’t include you may not be worth sitting still for.

Substitute Education for Media, and this is a huge statement the coincides with what a lot of educators and education reformers have been saying for a long time.

I just love it when somebody comes up with a way of saying it all in one sentence!

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.