May 29, 2010

WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY AN ARGUMENT AGAINST...:

The Shirky Principle (Kevin Kelly, April 2, 2010, The Technium)

"Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution." -- Clay Shirky

I think this observation is brilliant. It reminds me of the clarity of the Peter Principle, which says that a person in an organization will be promoted to the level of their incompetence. At which point their past achievements will prevent them from being fired, but their incompetence at this new level will prevent them from being promoted again, so they stagnate in their incompetence.

The Shirky Principle declares that complex solutions (like a company, or an industry) can become so dedicated to the problem they are the solution to, that often they inadvertently perpetuate the problem.


...the entire federal buraucracy and in favor of sunsetting every law and agency within the bill that creates them.



Posted by Orrin Judd at May 29, 2010 4:33 PM
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