As you know, I love Clay Shirky's ability to make average people undersand and care about deep topics.  In this TED talk he discusses how participative social media will evenutally change governments.

Key Quote (not exact):

A new form of arguing has arrived.  How will we evolve.

Key idea:

have patience.  It took us 150 years after the erotic novel to come up with the idea of a scientific journal.




TED Talks The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub -- so why can’t governments?

Via Ken Morrison