Clay Shirky (2005) claims two hundred years of chaos followed the invention of the printing press. During this time people were trying to figure out how this new technology would affect the ability to collaborate among groups. Rheingold (2005) begins his presentation with the new story of collaboration among humans in order to get things done. Shirky (2005) himself got his mermaid parade slideshow done through the collaborative platform of flickr. I think it is evident that both men believe humans are driven to interact and work in groups.
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This a reposting from a Learning Theory course I took at Walden.