Here Comes Everybody

I just finished reading Here comes everybody: the power of organizing without organizations by Clay Shirkey (2008). A good read on how the internet and social networking tools have changed the way we live and work. Here is a good quote from pp. 303-4: “I’m old enough [he was born before 1980] to know a lot of things just from life experience. I know that newspapers are where you get your political news and how you look for a job. I know that music comes from stores. I know that if you want to have a conversation with someone, you call them on the phone…In the last fifteen years, I’ve had to unlearn every one of those things and a million others, because they have stopped being true…Meanwhile, my students, many of whom are fifteen years younger than I am, don’t have to unlearn those things, because they never had to learn them in the first place.”

What about you? Have you had to unlearn things? Iif you’ve never used them, are you glad you don’t need to know how to use them?

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