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Cognitive surplus creativity and generosity in a connected age

The author of the breakout hit "Here Comes Everybody" reveals how new technology is changing us from consumers to collaborators, unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world.

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  • "Sociology & anthropology."
  • "The author of the breakout hit "Here Comes Everybody" reveals how new technology is changing us from consumers to collaborators, unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world."@en
  • "The author of the breakout hit "Here Comes Everybody" reveals how new technology is changing us from consumers to collaborators, unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world."
  • "Science technology."
  • "For decades, technology encouraged us to squander our time and as passive consumers. Today, tech has finally caught up with human potential. 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. Since the postwar boom, we've had a surfeit of intellect, energy, and time - a 'cognitive surplus.' Shirky argues persuasively that this cognitive surplus - rather than being some strange new departure from normal behavior - actually returns our society to forms of collaboration that were natural to us up to and through the early 20th Century. He also charts the vast effects that our cognitive surplus - aided by new technologies - will have on 21st Century society, and how we can best exploit those effects, and how the choices we make are not only economically motivated but driven by the desire for autonomy, competence, and community."
  • "This volume argues that new technology (the Internet in particular) is making it possible for people to collaborate in ways that have the potential to change society. The book opens in bleak, dangerous, overcrowded 1720s London, then moves to the present digital age, showing how advancements in technology and connectivity have spurred a torrent of collaborative creativity -- from carpools and campus wide study groups to Wikipedia and Linux -- whose potential we've yet fully to exploit. The author maintains that this is an interesting moment in human history. We have arranged our modern lives to maximize free time. Now, thanks to the virtual infrastructure of the Internet, we are able to collaborate and interact as never before. The question is what these collaborations will create."
  • "This volume argues that new technology (the Internet in particular) is making it possible for people to collaborate in ways that have the potential to change society. The book opens in bleak, dangerous, overcrowded 1720s London, then moves to the present digital age, showing how advancements in technology and connectivity have spurred a torrent of collaborative creativity -- from carpools and campus wide study groups to Wikipedia and Linux -- whose potential we've yet fully to exploit. The author maintains that this is an interesting moment in human history. We have arranged our modern lives to maximize free time. Now, thanks to the virtual infrastructure of the Internet, we are able to collaborate and interact as never before. The question is what these collaborations will create."@en
  • """Clay Shirky may be the finest thinker we have on the internet revolution." Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad Is Good for You and Emergence" ""Clay has long been one of my favorite thinkers on all things internet--not only is he smart and articulate, but he's one of those people who is able to crystallize the half-formed ideas that I've been trying to piece together into glittering, brilliant insights that make me think, yes, of course, that's how it all works" Cory Doctorow, coeditor of Boing Boing and author of Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present" ""Shirky writes cleanly and convincingly about the intersection of technological innovation and social change; he makes both the science and the sociology accessible" New York Observer" ""[Shirky] looks at self-organization with an academic's eye, tinged by an appreciation of the commerce that underlies a fair amount of the Internet." The Seattle Times" ""In story after story, Clay masterfully makes the connections as to why business, society and our lives continue to be transformed by a world of net-enabled social tools. His pattern-matching skills are second to none." Ray Ozzie, Microsoft Chief Software Architect." "The author of the breakout hit Here Comes Everybody reveals how new technology is changing us from consumers to collaborators, unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world" "In Cognitive Surplus, 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. Since Americans were suburbanized and educated by the postwar boom, we've had a surfeit of intellect, energy, and time--what Shirky calls a "cognitive surplus." But this abundance had little impact on the common good because television consumed the lion's share of it. Now, for the first time, people are embracing new media that allows us to pool our efforts at vanishingly low cost. The results of this aggregated effort range from mindexpanding--reference tools like Wikipedia--to life-saving-like Ushahidi.com, which has allowed Kenyans to report on acts of violence in real time." "Shirky 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. For instance, he acknowledges that new tech brings greater freedom to publish and hence lower quality on average. But it also allows for the sort of experimentation that produces our greatest innovations. Shirky also assesses the transformative impact of online culture, which is by definition more transparent than traditional management structures." "The potential impact of cognitive surplus is enormous. Wikipedia, which was built out of roughly 1 percent of the man-hours that Americans spend watching TV every year, is only the iceberg's tip. Shirky shows how society and our daily lives will be improved dramatically as we learn to exploit our goodwill and free time like never before."--Résumé de l'éditeur."
  • "From the bestselling author of Here Comes Everybody, Clay Shirky's Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age is a fascinating look at how the internet is transforming our culture, providing new outlets for human potential. In the past, we filled our free time with the tools at our disposal. Television became a kind of universal part-time job, and sitcoms and soap operas sponged up our cognitive surplus: the collective surfeit of time, intellect and energy at our disposal. Today, tech has finally caught up with human potential. New tools don't just let us consume, but create and share. Clay Shirky's groundbreaking book reveals what is now happening with this previously untapped talent and goodwill. From lolcats to tools for tracking voter fraud and ethnic violence, he shows how we're using our cognitive surplus for the better, and what it means for the future. "A manifesto for what's next - or what ought to be". (Independent). "Perhaps the most amazing fact about Shirky's incisive manual for building a better world is this: it's just possible that everything he promises may be true". (Observer). "Fizzes with great insights...It's a delight to read and will change how you think about the future". (Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing). "When Clay Shirky speaks...people listen. The author of the influential Here Comes Everybody is again driving conversation". (Time). "Shirky gives us a ruler by which to measure our contribution to the world. Watching TV will never be the same again". (Guardian). Clay Shirky teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, where he researches the interrelated effects of our social and technological networks. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, Harvard Business Review, Business 2.0, and Wired."

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