Late response to Ch.5, Ch.7 of “Here Comes Everybody” and Shirky vs. Gladwell

Chapter 5: In this chapter, Clay Shirky brings up Wikipedia as an example of how social media can work without hierarchical structures.

Chapter 7: Supports his main idea of media’s helpful capabilities by the example from World War 2 when the German tanks which had less armor and smaller guns than the French, but were equipped with radios, were still superior on battlefields.

Gladwell’s main argument is that the new social tools aren’t helpful in making a social change, unless their structure is shaped as hierarchy. He supports his idea with the event of the Berlin Wall Failure, whose instigators had a “strong-ties” as opposed to “weak-ties”, so commonly inherent to social media.



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