Here Comes Everybodyby Sebastien Mirolo on Thu, 8 Sep 2011
I picked-up "Here Comes Everybody" from Clay Shirky. It is a very interesting and entertaining read.
The first point worth noting is that as the cost of production and distribution collapses, specialization and status that depended solely on providing access to production and distribution, like the copying monks in the time of the printing press, are bound to disappear.
Associations and production of content in a social network follows a power law. Average is meaningless in that context. Many people are likely to encounter and understand Gaussian distributions in their everyday life. Power laws are often hard to grasp.