Editorial Reviews. Review. “An informed look at the social impact of the Internet.” Kirkus In Cognitive Surplus, Clay Shirky examines the changes we will all enjoy as our untapped resources of talent and good will are put to use at last. Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators [Clay Shirky] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The author of the. Clay Shirky looks at the good we might do if we turned off our TV sets is Shirky’s “cognitive surplus” — an ocean of hours that society could.

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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. So, yes, Shirkey offers an important push back to the critiques of amateur online culture, but there’s no need to overstate or discount slower old-school means of engaging the media. Free time has become synonymous with television viewing: There is precious little uncovered here that would inform, or interest, even more intellectual users of the mobile net, or so I would imagine. Why bother paying to produce if viewers are already providing the lion’s share, especially if your getting it for free?

Since most people have a hour work week, there they have surplus time on their hands to do as they wish. His approach has been criticized by Farhad Manjoo in The New York Times for being too academic and for cheerleading positive examples of the online use of cognitive surplus. Overall Shirkey has a more optimistic view of all this–while I agree with his overall analysis, the cynic in me says that most, if not all of these self-generating communities, will be co-opted by capitalism, purchased, converted to hierarchies and rule-based organizations.

Neither of these approaches can provide you with the insight needed to effectively experiment and deploy social media for the simple reason that social media is changing too fast. Or there’s Wikipedia, where anyone can edit pages; Shirky with help from an IBM expert calculates that creating Wikipedia’s content has, sinceconsumed m cumulative hours of human thought.

Now, for the first time, people are embracing new media that allows them to pool their efforts at vanishingly low cost.


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The book has a gentle blend of academic and journalistic writing. Is their behaviour rewarding a desire for autonomy, or for competence? In Cognitive Surplus, Internet guru Clay Shirky forecasts the thrilling changes we will all enjoy as new digital technology puts our untapped resources of talent and goodwill to use at last. Seeing as this is by far the longest review I’ve ever written, though, I think it’s safe to say that there is a lot of value in this book as fodder for deep thought and discussion about the aspects of modern creative collaboration.

To ask other readers questions about Cognitive Surplusplease sign clxy. He is all about the internet, to the exclusion of just about everything else.

The internet has been constrained its entire life by these pessimistic, mercenary, and false restrictions: The Culture of Connectivity: Open Preview See a Problem? Historically we have always conitive nervous about any new technology which allows mere commoners, and especially illiterate youth, to produce content. His company, Hard Place Theater, staged “non-fiction theater”, theatrical collages of found documents.

Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. It’s funny to realize that technology really doesn’t create much social change as much as it unlocks it due to the rapid increase of means of sharing and distribution.

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Watching TV will never be the same again — unless, of course, you’re updating the Wikipedia guide to the episode at the same time. He virtually ignores them. There wurplus an extremely dismissive tone toward what he perceives as a lesser effort, and it’s clear that he only has the most cursory familiarity with what fandom is and what it can do.

What will you do with yours? Public value deals with groups that share in order to produce projects that serve people outside of the group. For the majority of those of us cogintive live in America, we have vast reservoirs of free time. The narrative about the drought-stricken pools proved an important point: In the two years since cognltive publication of Cognitive Surplusthe ubiquity of high definition streaming video has transformed the internet from a sea of text to a mountain of video.


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According to Shirky, this is why what he describes as the Public sector sudplus so popular; it is designed to enrich society without any monetary incentive. He also charts the vast effects that our cognitive surplus-aided by new technologies-will have on twenty-first-century society, and how we can best exploit those effects.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. It is trickling down and becoming more widely disseminated, but as it stands, this kind of participatory opportunity is far from universal. Shirky makes the point that we use our spare time to collaborate in ways that could be for the civic betterment of society.

Because when you’ve flay hard for an entire day, at the end of the day it rests you too little energy to keep pushing outwards yourself. Shaw complained bitterly about [Zagat], focusing in particular on their ranking New York City’s Union Square Cafe as number one, which he felt was unjust: The combination of time, place, and people which enable us to share and take action, is the opportunity.

It is damaging to pretend we are somewhere different when on a computer. Studying is part of “their job”, and it is not a “free-time” activity. To facilitate this type of new thinking, Shirky explores the overall motive, means and opportunity related shrky our current cognitive surplus alongside stories of how groups have already successfully leveraged a portion of it for good.

The potential impact of cognitive surplus is enormous. Shirky lives in Brooklyn.

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