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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Less of a “how to” and more of a shir,y could be” book, Cognitive Surplus empowers readers to imagine a different kind of world in which people intentionally and strategically partner with others around shared interests.

Sep 18, David rated it it was ok Shelves: In Pink’s case, it’s to talk about how a redefining and shift in perspective on motivation can and has restructured the workplace and its relationship to individuals and paying work.

There are barriers to entry in the programming community that are a key part of what makes it the way it is today.

As Shirky points out, Wikipedia was built out of roughly 1 percent of the man-hours that Americans spend watching TV every year. Shirky argues that since the s, people are learning how to use free time more constructively for creative acts rather than consumptive ones, particularly with the advent of online tools that allow new forms of collaboration.

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. Lists with This Book.

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A global charity with no overheads? Furthermore, he questions the intrinsic value of time spent online as a lot of time spent online may be used for things like gambling and porn. In his brain surgeon analogy he discusses the values of a professional versus an amateurand that while in the case of the brain surgeon people prefer the professional, this is not always the case; for instance, in cases such as food critics, people tend to prefer an outlet where ordinary people give their opinions.

He shows us effectively that we can not only make better use of our time, but also, that technology enables us to do so cognitvie a way that maximizes our ability to share and communicate. For the majority of those of us who live in America, we have vast reservoirs of free time.


Free time has become synonymous with television viewing: In short the cognitive surplus here talked about is the time you spend in the internet interacting, sharing and creating, instead of standing in your sofa watching television. You forgot how much restaurant there was in restaurant food and how much home was in homemade. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I do not think I read the term blog or wiki too often.

May 01, Deb Readerbuzz Nance rated it really liked it Shelves: He argues that we often discover unconventional routes to benefit society.

For example, he criticizes Shirky’s idealising of amateurism:. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. May 20, – – rated it liked it. The way it always has been.

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For similar reasons, I sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to my children, even with my terrible singing voice, not because I can do a better job than Placido Domingo or Lyle Lovett, but because those talented gentlemen do not love my children as I do. In Cognitive Surplus vlay, 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.

For many years, television has been the primary use of this free time, accounting for an average of over twenty hours a week per person. As surpljs develop new technology, most of these accidents are cognitivw resolved, which is destroying industries that were created to solve those problem see Newspapers, Magazines, etc Gone are the days when only publishers can publish and only organizations can organize.

Since that value builds up only over time, the burden of the rules has to follow, not lead. It’s a mildly imaginative methodology for Shirky’s purpose which is to examine how the global surplus of cognition, made possible by our relative abundance of discretionary time, is clah put to use through activities organized around social networks.

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Studying is part of “their job”, and it is not a “free-time” activity. Watching TV will never be the same again — unless, of course, you’re updating the Wikipedia guide to the episode at the same time. For any good thing people do online, someone could also be doing something bad with the internet.


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He sites many examples such as Ushahidi used to track ethnic violence in Kenya or the chromosome project and many more. The potential impact of cognitive surplus is enormous. This book is an extension of that and, while interesting, I was hoping that he might assert a hypothesis about what we will do with this collaboration.

But I absolutely disagree with Shirkey’s crystal clear distinction between consumption and production. Shirky has written extensively about the internet since Order by newest oldest recommendations.

When dealing with change we seek relief. Showing of 93 reviews. Awesome to see the parallels. The ideas presented in this book are at some points interesting and relevant, because they fight against the attacks these kinds of technologies always have to face when they emerge. In a world of too many choices, being able to experiment without investing too much effort, is highly important, because it can help people find their own hidden talents.

Jun 15, Dave Emmett rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: How connected devices and the internet has unlocked hidden sharing streak of people! Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. We often take it to be a commercial, public media space and we always seem to be looking for another small group of professionals out there to deal with – but it’s not just that. Penguin July 1, Publication Date: 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.

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. Business executives reading the book can gain a deeper understanding of social media that will help them avoid the – we’re on Facebook so therefore we are social solution. He goes on to discuss the Ultimatum gamein which a proposer and responder are given the task of splitting ten dollars.