MGT 245 Assignment 3


Assignment 3 This assignment is based on Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody (2008). This book is one of the most insightful books you will encounter on the topic of social networking. Its examination of networking platforms, such as MySpace, Flickr, YouTube and Wikipedia, and networking processes, such as open source development, demonstrate that the world has undergone a major transformation in the past twenty years. The transformation goes beyond the employment of new technologies. It affects how people interact with each other socially, and has spurred the development of new communities that were unthinkable just a few years ago. Look at Shirky’s lecture on . The questions for this assignment address a number of key concepts highlighted in the book. 1. Explain how “publish then filter” works. Give at least one example. In what sense is it different than the traditional approach of “filter than publish?” Using your example, discuss its social and economic implications. (250 words minimum) 2. What is “mass amateurism?” How does it work? Provide at least two examples. Does its advent mean the end of traditional “professionalism?” Explain your answer. (250 words minimum) 3. What is open source software? Give one example. Does its success mean the end of commercial software? (250 words minimum) 4. Explain how Wikipedia works. Why is it that the quality of Wikipedia entries is equal to or superior to entries in commercial encyclopedias? (250 words minimum).

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