An excerpt from Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody:

“… Novices make mistakes from a lack of experience. They overestimate mere fads, seeing revolution everywhere, and they make this kind of error a thousand times before they learn better.

In the times of revolution, though, the experienced among us make the opposite mistake. When a real, once-in-a-lifetime change comes along, we are at risk of regarding it as a fad as with the grown-ups arguing over the pocket calculator in my local paper. What they should have been arguing about instead was how to prepare students to take advantage of the new tools…

— 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 complicated things like software or encyclopedias have to be created by professionals. In the last fifteen years I have had to unlearn every one of those things and a million others, because those things have stopped being true.”

One thing is certain. It is pleasant to read books such as this and find your own thoughts lying there, better said and in more coherent form. Thanks Clay.

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