What makes Shirkey’s chapter Faster and faster most interesting to me is that is was written in 08-09. He lays out his theory for the capacity of the internet and social media to be a tool for social change. He gives compelling examples of how this worked in Belarus. But its largest effects have been felt after the book was written, in Moldova, Iran, Tunisia and Egypt. It’s not often you get to read a passage about the social effects of technology before they occur. I have a US Soviet foreign policy book that was written in 1987 that speculates about the two countries relations moving into the 21st century. Its a perfect example of experts in the field not understanding what is actually going on. I think its hilarious, but Shirkey is kind of the opposite of that.
Shirkey's Ted Talk on the Future of Gov