Great interview with Clay Shirky in the Guardian

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Though I’m a bit nonplussed that the person writing the article (Decca Aitkenhead) admits at the beginning that she’s never heard of him. Which kind of sets alarm bells ringing.

“The final thing I’d say about optimism is this. If we took the loopiest, most moonbeam-addled Californian utopian internet bullshit, and held it up against the most cynical, realpolitik-inflected scepticism, the Californian bullshit would still be a better predictor of the future. Which is to say that, if in 1994 you’d wanted to understand what our lives would be like right now, you’d still be better off reading a single copy of Wired magazine published in that year than all of the sceptical literature published ever since.”

Clay Shirky: ‘Paywall will underperform – the numbers don’t add up’ | Technology | The Guardian.

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