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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The main criticism of Shirky is that he is not realistic about the many possible ways we might waste this cognitive surplus, or worse, the many terrible ways it can and is being used for destructive and criminal activities, for example the global Jihadist movement. His current course, Social Weather, examines the cues we use to understand group dynamics in online spaces and the possible ways of improving user interaction by redesigning our social software to better reflect the emergent properties of groups.

What are the next 10 wikipedias we’ll collaborate etc. I know from congitive with my year-old son that there’s not much here.

Trivia About Cognitive Surplus Instead he uses his observations to give tips to entrepreneurial hopefuls in the social media space.

He shows us effectively that we can not only make better use of our time, but also, that technology enables us to do so in a way that maximizes our ability to share and communicate. Shirky mistakenly asserts that fandom is solely or primarily cognitvie self-pleasure, or at best, in-group entertainment. It is heavily concentrated in the West.

Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

This provides the reader with a solid foundation to translate their experiences and understanding into a new media. This freedom is being used in a lot of silly pursuits, but also in zhirky to organize democratic activities, shed light on global news events, or ease daily living. The emphasis on engaging the “2 billion” leaves me wondering what the other 5 billion people on the planet are supposed to do, how they are supposed to engage with the global community.


Oct 31, ccccurt Heimbuck rated it it sshirky amazing. Since most people have a hour work week, there they have surplus time on their hands to do as they wish.

July 1, Language: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The Accelerator Group was focused on early stage firms, and Mr. Who would give surpuls to what is essentially a community theater, trusting the fickle public to make content, when you can have a professional do it, the way it is supposed to be?

One critic Russell Davies writes, “There are revealing thoughts in every chapter and they’re particularly important for people trying to do business on the internet, because they shed light on some fundamental motivations and forces that we often miss or misconstrue,”.

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

Clay Shirky’s suggestion is that the past decades we have spent watching sitcoms, films and other “sit-there-and-consume-it” mass media is the cognitive equivalent of those gas flares: Using a model of means, motive and opportunity Shirky outlines his approach. Last year, in fact, Americans watched about two hundred billion hours of television. This sense of belonging opens up a new discussion with the example of patientslikeme.

Shirky is an adjunct professor in NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program ITPwhere he teaches courses on the interrelated effects of social and technological network topology — how our networks shape culture and vice-versa. Share your thoughts with other customers. 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.

However, if you keep an eye on internet traffic, many people are now viewing TV with an eye on their social network. 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. To facilitate this type of new thinking, Shirky explores the overall motive, means and opportunity related to our current cognitive surplus alongside stories of how groups have already successfully leveraged a portion of it for good.

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Why bother paying to produce if viewers are already providing the lion’s share, especially if your getting it for free? But I absolutely disagree with Shirkey’s crystal clear distinction between consumption and production. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.

Sharers have always had the same interests-or motivations- it is the opportunity that has changed them, and the ability to connect, share, and learn easily. Secondly, let it flow because one out ofor whatever of these productions and social connectors will be amazing, a game-changer.

But curiously, no one believes the proposition, not even the people fretting about Wikipedia-trained brain surgeons. Unlike the alchemists of their time, The Invisible College shared information with each other in order to further the field rather than claim individual advancements as their own.

The idea of society as a terminally unresponsive, nonconversant entity would certainly be news to the generations of labor and gender-equality advocates who persistently engaged the social order with demands for the ballot and the eight-hour workday. So cheers to Shirky for that! Gin, Television and Cognitive Surplus sets the context of social change and evolution of free time.

The Weather Channel has a splash page filled with videos that autoload; it takes multiple clicks to reach the familiar excel-style weather chart.

But this abundance had little impact on the common good, society, professionals or enterprises because television consumed the lions share of it. May 08, Rob Kall rated it it was amazing. A central concern Shirky had in mind when writing cgonitive was in illuminating the difference between communal and civic values, and how the Internet is a vehicle for both. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Shirky’s text searches to prove that global transformation can come from individuals committing their time to active sbirky with technology.