feb 9

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.


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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