With current events in Iran demonstrating the impact of social media, it is worthwhile taking a look at what Clay Shirky (wikipedia) has to say about the changes internet social media is bringing. Clay gave this speech in May 2009.
Clay discusses events in Iran in this Q & A
I previously discussed Clay Shirky's thinking in Now We Can Do Big Things For Love.
People wanting to better understand the social and economic impact of internet technology would do well to seek out Shirky's writing and presentations.
hat tip @GuyKawasaki
In Clay Shirky's The Internet Runs on Love presentation he talks about the impact of new coordinating tools.
"With love alone you can get a birthday party together, add coordinating tools and you can write an operating system. In the past we would do little things for love, but big things, big things required money. Now we can do big things for love."
However, it's not just new coordinating tools, tools for creativity are becoming cheaper and more powerful. And so a bunch of people can get together and create something quite impressive... just for the love of it.
On May 3, 2009 the movie The Hunt for Gollum was released. It was created by volunteers and had a budget of £3,000.
View the trailer.
Click the link to watch The Hunt For Gollum.
hat tip TechDirt