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Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

3 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Clay Shirky

The author of the breakout hitHere Comes Everybodyreveals how new technology is changing us from consumers to collaborators, unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world.    For decades, technology encouraged … see full wiki

Author: Clay Shirky
Genre: Professional & Technical, Health, Mind & Body, Science
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The
3 reviews about Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity...
review by . January 08, 2011
I tend to take things like Wikipedia for granted, assuming that someone has already put information out there that I need. But what drives and motivates someone to do that, and where do they find the time to participate in that fashion? Clay Shirky covers this information (and more) in his book Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age. I found myself starting to understand how and why the shift from consumer to producer occurred, and what it means to me and to society.   …
review by . September 07, 2010
According to Clay Shirky's new book, Cognitive Surplus, the average American watches twenty hours of television a week. That is a part time job. We watch more television every year, but there is a curious trend occuring; people of the younger generations are watching less. While television provides people comfort, a sense of belonging, even when alone, and it tells stories and helps people pass the time, more people are spending more time creating their own media, contributing to open source …
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2011
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Lots of potentials with regards to how we use our time & participate in this virtual world of ours. However, I much prefer Shirky's 2008 book HERE COMES EVERYBODY to his latest. We are in transition as regard to our roles in the new world and Shirky didn't quite spell out where we should focus our energies on, imho. He did bring in some interesting observations with regards to what's happening in the world of ours. As with us, this book seems like a transition, more like a series …
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