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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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Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Furthermore, it allows researchers to collaborate with patients. On the other side, creating and creating self-realises ourselves, however we can’t create without consuming.

This emphasizes Shirky’s point that group surpluss is essential to its prosperity and functionality. 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.

I would say this is right up there for one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky

He talks about how now, with the combination of surplus time in society all time that has previously been spent in watching television plus new opportunities cobnitive share and create online think Wikipedia, Apache, online charities, couchsurfing.

Product details File Size: Caly technology is making collaboration possible on a large scales and anyone who wants to be involved can. Now, to be fair, I found some of the anecdotal examples to be very interesting. It’s also a call to action. When you look at it that way, it’s far more surprising that people will sit and stare at a glowing box for hours surpkus it is that people like funny cat pictures.

Opportunity recognizes the importance of creating ways of taking advantage of group participation.

Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky

This opens opportunity for every individual to be more visible in the world of social media that interconnects us. For the first time in human history, people live in a “World where being part of a globally interconnected group is the normal case for most citizens” p.


And the development of the the Ushahidi platform was instrumental for helping people report violent crimes in real-time in Kenya. However in doing that, and in such a suirky book, Shirky takes too much lightly the social aspects of life. The results of this aggregated effort range from mind expanding-reference tools like Wikipedia-to lifesaving-such as Ushahidi. Shirky looks with great hope at the new social media that allows users to accomplish big social projects in easy ways.

Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

It is part of it. How connected devices and the internet has unlocked hidden sharing streak of people! Shirky describes the process that took place in the United States from till We are defined by a set of moods and behaviours, that change throughout the day, the week, or even month. News websites don’t feature written articles, they play clips. In Cognitive SurplusInternet 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.

But–and this is a big but–some of the anecdotal examples cited by Shirky have absolutely nothing to do with cognitive surplus. While Shirky acknowledges that the activities that we use our cognitive surplus for may be frivolous such as creating LOLcats[7] the trend as a whole is leading to valuable and influential new forms of human expression.

Just because an activity is novel and eurplus, does not mean that it represents a use of cognitive surplus. You forgot how much restaurant there was in restaurant food and how much home was in homemade. This could have also been written as a couple of essays; several examples have been covered better elsewhere. That said, there was confirmation of what I already knew, but not a single idea that was new to me. He also shares with his readers that SixDegrees was the first social networking website, not Facebook and Friendster as everyone had previously thought.

Editorial Reviews Review “An informed look at the social impact of the Internet. For the past few years, our attention shifted from television to our smart phones that is so handy that we can take anywhere and browse on the internet.

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Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The key idea in the book though is free time and television. Furthermore, he questions the intrinsic value of suirky spent online as a lot of time spent online may be used for things like gambling and porn.

Point being that value is determined on who is involved and the intended cofnitive of their efforts and level of cooperation that is upheld amongst the group, and that ultimately cognitive surplus is the driving factor behind such efforts. Using a model of means, motive and opportunity Shirky outlines his approach. Instead he uses his observations to give tips to entrepreneurial hopefuls in the social media space.

He fails to account for the fact that the programming community seems to draw a certain kind of participant not only because of participant choice, but also because women and certain minorities are active encouraged NOT to participate. But when television came along, people replaced their active pursuits with television, a purely passive pursuit. There’s no denying that this is the age of amateur participation and content-generation shared for the sake of sharing. Studying is part of “their job”, and it is not a “free-time” activity.

And the question is not of being digital natives or not, the question is simpler, interaction is a different state from introspection. I think this books has powerful implications for what the future of innovation will look shirkh and who will power it.

Cognitive Surplus – Wikipedia

Clay Shirky main The term “cognitive surplus” refers to the surplus of surpluz, energy, and time” that people have. But curiously, no one believes the proposition, not even the people fretting about Wikipedia-trained brain surgeons. A Critical History of Social Media.