Here Comes Everybody, by Clay Shirky

Just finished reading Shirkey. Was determined to read it to the end, because there was so much to learn. And, the end was the best part. Consider this (lengthy) quote on page 320-321: “I’m old enough to know a lot of things, just from life experience. I know that newspapers are where you get your political news and how you look for a job. I know that music comes from stores. I know that if you want to have a conversation with someone, you call them on the phone. I know that complicated things like software or encyclopedias have to be created by professionals. In the last fifteen years, I’ve had to unlearn every one of those things and a million others, because those things have stopped being true.” And then Shirkey adds: “Meanwhile, my students, many of whom are fifteen years younger than me, don’t have to unlearn the thousands of things I do, because they never had to learn them in the first place.” Clay says we are in a time of epic change. And I agree. So when I look at the church, I think of all the things I (we) have to unlearn. That “church” happens in a building. That gatherings are face-to-face. That everyone has (and reads) a Bible. That people care about our story. That hymns and organs and sermons are the means of communication. That the pastor is the main source of information and implementation. That large church matters most. So much to unlearn. And exciting things to learn, where, really, the internet-social media-God’s-Mysterious-way-sky is the limit.

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