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Screenplay idea: Man gets amnesia and reconstructs his life from blog comments he wrote. Short film -- he kills himself after 11 minutes.

feb 9
2010

Quintessential Michael Wolff Paragraph

Clay Shirky, for instance, the author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, is a man whose name is now uttered in technology circles with the kind of reverence with which left-wingers used to say, "Herbert Marcuse." "Web 3.0 is not an upgrade -- it's a revolution," says Shirky characteristically. Shirky, along with Jeff Jarvis, a Cotton Mather (or Billy Sunday) figure, who has turned his sky-is-falling lectures to old-media executives into a lucrative consulting practice to old-media businesses, Chris Anderson, Wired's editor in chief, and Jay Rosen, an N.Y.U. professor -- all dedicated bloggers and, in Internet parlance, "quote monkeys" -- have essentially morphed the anarchic, 60s-style, Whole Earth Catalog roots of the Internet into aggressive business theory.

Even when you don't want to like Michael Wolff, you have to love pshit like that.

3 comments

Soft Sciences will never get it's respect outside their industry...which is where most of these guys play.

posted by taulpaul at 12:29 AM on February 10, 2010

Just finished Wolff's biography of Murdoch. Unexpectedly compelling!

posted by Sean at 10:59 AM on February 11, 2010

Calling that Shirky quote "characteristic" is misleading. Like danah boyd, he's a wicked smart academic with a knack for having cool insights and speaking in a clear, engaging way. If that's helped him get lecture gigs, good on him. Doesn't make him a business management pornographer.

posted by Jesse at 12:03 AM on February 19, 2010




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