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May 18, 2009, 9:59 a.m.

Clay Shirky and “Us Now”

Us Now is a new hour-long British documentary about online collaboration, distributed intelligence, and the kinds of joint efforts that the Internet makes possible. It’s available free online:

Of most interest to journalists may be the presence of NYU’s Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody and that blog post about newspapers everyone linked to in March. Building on the transparency of their subject matter, the filmmakers have uploaded the raw footage of all their interviews, including Shirky’s.

Here’s the video of the Shirky interview, and here’s a full transcript. It’s a good summary of a lot of the ideas he advances in Here Comes Everybody, in case you’d rather watch him talk than read his words.

Joshua Benton is the senior writer and former director of Nieman Lab. You can reach him via email ( or Twitter DM (@jbenton).
POSTED     May 18, 2009, 9:59 a.m.
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