“Here Comes Everybody: the power of organizing without organizations” is a worthwhile read. Clay Shirky explains the positive and negative aspects of social networking sites in a way that is an easy and exciting read. I am a lay-person when it comes to the internet and the examples he uses to illustrate his points are things I have heard of and have wondered about, like flash mobs.
Shirky’s focus on the amplification of group communications with the use of various “web 2.0,” like facebook or flickr, was more a validation of what needs to occur in education – not to jump on a band wagon of using every tool that pops up but of giving students the skills they need to collaborate with students around the world or even across town.
Though there are some drawbacks, which Shirky points out like the amateurization of certain fields, it seems that the pluses outweigh the minuses.
Definitely worth reading!