With all this new encouragement to blog and participate in the online discussion about the Church, many people ask themselves where they will find the time to do so.

At the Web 2.0 Conference in April this year, I saw a presentation by Clay Shirky about where people find the time to participate in Wikipedia, blogs, and other new media.

He estimates that 100 million hours have collectively gone into Wikipedia. He compares that to 200 billion hours of watching TV each year in the U.S. alone–the equalent of 2,000 Wikipedia projects a year. We spend 100 million hours in the USA every weekend watching just the advertisements–that would permit the creation of an entire Wikipedia in just one weekend if we just skipped the ads!

His point is that people have the time, but they waste it watching TV. How you use your time is a choice: good, better, or best.

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