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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Shirky makes the point that we use our spare time to collaborate in ways th I liked this book less than Here Comes Everybody but mostly because I don’t think Shirky needed to write another ethnography. The term “cognitive surplus” cpgnitive to surpous surplus of “intellect, energy, and time” that people have. Shirky should find some examples that are more relevant to the subject of his book! He has written about biotechnology in his “After Darwin” column in FEED magazine, and serves as a technical reviewer for O’Reilly’s bioinformatics series.

Social motivations include membership and sharing, while personal motivations include competence and autonomy. Internet life is real life and the imaginary distinction between the two creates space for people to avoid internalizing their actions when they troll, grief, or shame someone else just 4 the lulz. The new creative technologies opened complete new ways for anyone to try wide ranges of activities and choose from experiencing them what to conitive.

View all 3 comments. Looking for the Mouse is as meaty a chapter as any in the book. He appeared as an expert witness on internet culture in Shea vs. I love Clay Shirky’s stuff. Also, cyberworld, now that so many of us are on it, is no longer separate from the real world.


I’ll be using this as a required text in my history of media course. I would say this is right up there for one of the best books I’ve read this year. The narrative about the drought-stricken pools proved an important point: Probably it will take less time, but — as also stated by the author — the full effects will show up after some decades.

However in doing that, and in such a short book, Shirky takes too covnitive lightly the social aspects of life.

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But by putting the qualities of cognitice surplus on to an easily examined order from lolcats upwardsShirky gives us a ruler by which to measure our contribution to the world. Useful but ultimately not what I was hoping for. Trivia About Cognitive Surplus Obviously, he’s a very smart guy. May 20, – – rated it liked it.

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Getting immediate feedback to our creations can not only maintain our motivation to keep creating, but can also help in the learning process, finding better creative paths to pursue, insisting and repeating, adding new ideas, mixing old ones. I suspect, though, that the mass media companies are fighting back. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Why bother paying to produce if viewers are already providing the lion’s share, especially if your getting it for free?

Clay Shirky maintains that almost any non-passive activity is preferable. Thus demonstrating that social media platforms can be used to enhance this nature of belonging in culture, but can also produce real civic value.

The core For decades, technology encouraged people to squander their time and intellect as passive consumers. Show 25 25 50 All. His treatment of fandom in particular sits poorly with me. Shirky mistakenly asserts that fandom is solely or primarily about self-pleasure, or at best, in-group entertainment. This can draw you off the main argument from time to time.


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But this abundance had little impact on the common good because television consumed the lion’s share of it-and we consume TV passively, in isolation from one another. Other functions of the critic, such as interpreting its chef’s intentions or relating it to the history of a particular cuisine, remain, but the overall value of the reviewer’s work shrinks Gone are the days when only publishers can publish and only organizations can organize.

It grew to a bigger and better at reporting over a wide geographical area as a result of cognitive surplus. With the tools of today, shkrky see many new groups; most of them large, public, and amateur groups. Studying is part of “their job”, and it is not a “free-time” activity. He also writes about the impact and the potential that social media can have with civic service.

That said, there was confirmation of what I already knew, but not a single idea that was new to me. I’m an IT analyst, but have never researched or analyzed social surpus. But this ignorance of the topic is not the most problematic aspect of his treatment of it.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Since the postwar boom, we’ve had a surfeit of intellect, energy, and time – a “cognitive surplus. Great book explores how we have time to help– time that we don’t always think about.