Clay Shirky talks about representation, communication, and citizenship

Shirky talks about the signal to noise ratio of email campaigns and makes the case for intentionally raising the ‘costs’ (he compares the higher relative cost, in money, time, and effort, of letter writing with email sending) of communications to get fewer people, but people who are committed, converse constructively, and will take action.  The notion of making ideas into nominal aggregations instead of ordinal lists is a novel idea.  Taken together with a higher cost of participation, it could reduce the gaming of the system to get individual ideas higher falsified ranking.

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