Clay Shirky on Social Networks - Dictionary of Arguments
Social media/group activity/cooperation/coordination/action/Shirky: one can consider joint actions made possible by social tools as rungs on a ladder:
Sharing requires the least effort from the participants, many platforms automatically include such a feature.
Cooperation, on the other hand, involves a change in the behaviour of individuals in order to coordinate with others. Unlike sharing, where the group is only a type of aggregate ((s) it does not need to be time-coordinated)...
...cooperation requires a kind of group identity. You know who you are working with.
Collaboration: is characterised by the fact that no one can claim the results on their own and the project cannot succeed without the participation of many.
Collective action: here the commitment of the participants to each other is added. The cohesion of the group will be decisive for success. The identity of the individual is bound to the group identity.
Problem: the larger groups are, the more members are ignored in decisions.
Solution/Sebastian Paquet: many tools provided by social platforms provide enough incentive to overcome individual objections because the desire to be part of a community prevails.
Interaction/Shirky: most social media users only interact with a few, while the number of specified friends is much larger.
There is a pattern that can be found everywhere in social media: most of the participation or work comes from very few. The distribution always follows a power law.
Power laws describe systems of interacting elements, not mere accumulations. Interventions in Wikipedia articles do not remain without influence on other employees.
Meetup/Shirky: his strength lies in the fact that he does not bring together existing groups, but rather forms new ones.
Meetup helps with the problem that although it is easier to like people who are twisted the same way as oneself, it is harder to find them._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations New York 2009