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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He seems to discount the many theoretical models which have illustrated active consumption such as Reader Response Theory and many others coming out of Cultural Studies. We are defined by a set of moods and behaviours, that change throughout the day, the week, or even month. More people differ more.

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Feb 12, David Dinaburg rated it really liked it. This book is strongly recommended as a first book to start reading about social media. On some level, we always feel we are in a social situation and will either treat each other fairly or punish those who do not.

Shirky makes the point that we use our spare time to collaborate in ways that could be for the civic betterment of society. The technical piece is significantly more straightforward than getting the right social systems and this is what this book is all about.

There’s no denying that this is the age of amateur participation and content-generation shared for the syrplus of sharing. 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.


Shirky is one of those educators and social commentators people involved in organizations ignore at their peril.

On the other hand, fandom is seen, rightly or wrongly, as being a heavily female space, and Shirky’s dismissal of the extraordinary effort and artistry and social criticism involved in fandom may be a product of his feeling of being out-group though I doubt he made much effort to engage. I’ll be using this as a required text in my history of media course. Assuming that everything we touch will have a bidirectional communication paradigm, is far from truth.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Groups tolerate governance, which is by definition a set of restrictions, only after enough value has accumulated to make the burden worthwhile.

Studying is part of “their job”, and it is not a “free-time” activity. Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from July Pages containing links to subscription-only content.

This chapter contains discussions of behavioral economics and the situations which shirku group participation.

shiry I know from discussions with my year-old son that there’s not much here. Sep 18, David rated it it was ok Shelves: I had no idea that teen-age girls effectively demonstrated in South Korea against their country’s policy of importing beef ostensibly with Mad Cow Diesease from America.

The topics in this book are wide-ranging and Shirky’s analysis polymathic and trenchantbut I’ve been thinking a lot about that ongoing global civil suit Professional v. It’s inspiring to think about the possibilities that collective intelligence provides. But here, Shirky seems to go astray. Highly recommend this book. 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.


Sure, the internet helps us to be more efficiently organized–but it is not essential to the enterprises.

The key idea in the book though is free time and television. At the same time the writing is clean, well organized and easy to read. But if there’s little for those who populate the social network, then there’s less for those clsy work and reading informs there understanding of the net. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

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

Whether House of Cards comes from Netflix or AMC, it is readily apparent that the internet has not supplanted television—nor has it democratized production of entertainment—only added some new names into the mix.

Clay Shirky is a master at bringing meaning to the startling cultural and technological changes whirling through our lives. There’s nothing innately compassionate or generous about the web. In the third chapter, Shirky explains that the means are platforms, tools, or systems we use that allow us to connect, learn, and share. Today, tech has finally caught up with human potential.

One example is the discussion about the fallacy of Gen Coay being different or irrational.