Clay Shirky: Half the World But saying "Half the world has never made a phone call" makes no more sense than saying "My car goes from 0 to 60" or "It rained 15 inches." Without including the element of time, you cannot talk about rate, and it is rate that matters in dynamic systems. - One of the most finest articles I have ever read. Clay Shirky writes about economic dynamism and differentiates between statists and dynamists and by some wonderful research concludes that Economic dynamism is a far better tool for improving telephone use than any amount of erroneous and incomplete assertions on behalf of half the world's population, because while The Phrase has remained static for the last decade or so, the world hasn't. While at his website do read other great articles on topics such as Economics and Culture, Open source, Globalization and Media and Community.