“Social software is the experimental wing of political philsophy, a discipline that doesn’t realize it has an experimental wing. We are literally encoding the principles of freedom of speech and freedom of expression in our tools.”
Shirky compares a Buffy fansite to Slashdot and suggests that moderated listservs are tyrannical. Ok, fine: troubling if true. But he’s not just grandiose, he seems to be on to something.