Me vs Clay Shirky — Monday

Here Comes Everybody

Sorry about the short notice, but do come along to hear Clay Shirky talk about his book Here Comes Everybody at Demos on Monday at lunchtime (event starts at 12.30pm). I’ll be playing host and asking him a few tricky questions if I can think of some.

I particularly want to ask him about his views on gin.

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Facebook Towers

I was at Facebook HQ yesterday and boy, did I feel old. I don’t think I saw anybody older than mid 20s. The office itself has a fairly anonymous entrance on University Avenue in Palo Alto — except for the tens of backpackers who have come on a pilgrimage to have their photo taken by the logo on the door. Inside, it seems like a really friendly place and really good fun. It must be pretty much a dream job. I mean, they let you muck about on Facebook all day…

Be careful when you Google yourself

Jon Ronson had a great little piece in the Guardian Weekend yesterday that illustrates in just a few hundred words what’s changed and stayed the same about journalism in the last couple of decades.

Them

is one of my favourite non-fiction books — way ahead of its time in terms of the characters Jon chose to follow. He was writing about Omar Bakri Muhammad well before anybody else was looking at radicalisation of Islam in the UK. It’s also one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.