The GitHub Democracy

What’s so interesting to me about GitHub isn’t just that it provides new ways to collaborate — though it does that, beautifully — but that it also helps create new social norms. Because the core operation in GitHub is ‘diff’ — what are the differences between two pieces of text — it elevates “Show me” as a social norm. Expressing, clearly and comparably, where you think a particular piece of text could or should be changed for the better becomes a core operation, and, as I said in the talk, the possibility of those social norms being transplanted into democratic politics would be a remarkable change.” 

Clay made a further reading list here


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