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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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In the last half century it was TV. Showing of 93 reviews. What will you do with yours? It’s good; puts a lot of what’s happening with social and not-so-social media into context and, more important, uses global examples of which we haven’t all heard already part of the problem with any book that deals with the age of global connectivity is the domination by Americans and their ethno-cultural-centricity when reporting on what works and what doesn’t – some of us will never indulge in the Zappos customer service experience and it’s time someone acknowledged that, which Shirky does.

For Shirky, one suspects that’s not enough. Coggnitive 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.

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

I do not think I read the term blog or wiki too often. Secondly, let it flow because one out ofor whatever of these productions and social connectors will be amazing, a game-changer.

Cognitive Surplus is a very narrowly defined book that offers cogmitive few thoughts of interest and mostly dwells on information that likely is already known by many using social media, or those like myself who have read a few books about the media, including some of the heavyweights McLuhan, Boorstin, Gleick, etc. Caso vuole che prima di leggere il libro abbia letto la critica di Eugeny Morozov, completamente contrario alle tesi di Shirky, tanto che lo etichetta come populista.


Watching TV will coay be the same again — unless, of course, you’re updating the Wikipedia guide to the episode at the same time. Here Shirky exploits common knowledge.

There is real depth of thinking in the book. The term “cognitive surplus” refers to the surplus of “intellect, shiky, and time” that people have. An old use for new technology. Shirky opens up an intellectual space for his book with several crucial, almost obvious, yet often overlooked claims: The potential impact of cognitive surplus is enormous.

Dec 18, Kylie Sparks rated it liked it Shelves: Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from July Pages containing links to subscription-only content. I’m an IT analyst, but have never researched or analyzed social media.

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

Oct 31, ccccurt Heimbuck rated cognirive it was amazing. It turns, again, on the precision of language to help overcome a concept that is outdated, ineffectual. Because when you’ve worked hard for an entire day, at the end of the day it rests you too little energy to keep pushing outwards yourself.

But if there’s little for those who populate the social network, then there’s less for those whose work and reading informs there understanding of the net. For example, he criticizes Shirky’s idealising of amateurism:. Shirky wrote this book two years after its prequel, Here Comes Everybodywhich relates to the topics sbirky the Internet and organization of people, was published.

However in doing that, and in such a short book, Shirky takes too much lightly the social aspects of life. Getting immediate feedback to our creations can not only maintain our motivation to keep creating, but shikry also help in the learning process, finding better creative paths to pursue, insisting and repeating, adding new ideas, mixing old ones.


His hierarchy of creative collaboration, then, is a celebration of a stereotypically male kind of participation at the expense of a stereotypically female kind of engagement. This is a big deal. Clay Shirky main The term “cognitive surplus” refers to the surplus of “intellect, energy, and time” that people have.

The Western Cold War attitude has spawned a delusion about the power of information spreading to topple authoritarian regimes. That said, there was confirmation of what I already knew, but not a single idea sugplus was new to me. Civic value is when groups collaborate on a project that serves to benefit society at large.

Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

And obviously, he really believes that social software and the current creator-culture are good things that can be very beneficial for society. I hope I’m wrong. How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators is a must read for nonprofit leaders and anyone interested in understanding how technology has the potential to change the world for good on a scale far beyond any scale used to measure previous collaborative ventures for bettering humanity via the use of volunteers.

In the talk he explained that the problem is not clau information overload. This book gives you a way to thinking about how people contribute their time, attention and knowledge and therefore how you can think about social media.

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Sep shriky, Gwern rated it liked it. For decades, technology encouraged people to squander their time and intellect as passive consumers. Yet Cognitive Surplus still Cassandras itself: