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Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators
     

Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators

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by Clay Shirky
 

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The author of the breakout hit Here Comes Everybody reveals how new technology is changing us for the better.

In his bestselling Here Comes Everybody, Internet guru Clay Shirky provided readers with a much-needed primer for the digital age. Now, with Cognitive Surplus, he reveals how new digital technology is unleashing a torrent of

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The author of the breakout hit Here Comes Everybody reveals how new technology is changing us for the better.

In his bestselling Here Comes Everybody, Internet guru Clay Shirky provided readers with a much-needed primer for the digital age. Now, with Cognitive Surplus, he reveals how new digital technology is unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world. For the first time, people are embracing new media that allow them to pool their efforts at vanishingly low cost. The results of this aggregated effort range from mind-expanding reference tools like Wikipedia to life-saving Web sites like Ushahidi.com, which allows Kenyans to report acts of violence in real time. Cognitive Surplus explores what's possible when people unite to use their intellect, energy, and time for the greater good.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143119586
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/31/2011
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
473,700
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Clay Shirky teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, where he researches the interrelated effects of our social and technological networks. He has consulted with a variety of Fortune 500 companies working on network design, including Nokia, Lego, the BBC, Newscorp, Microsoft, as well as the Library of Congress, the U.S. Navy, and the Libyan government. 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, and he is a regular keynote speaker at tech conferences. Mr. Shirky lives in Brooklyn.

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Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers Into Collaborators 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shirky suggests a new world of involvement leading to projects we can be proud to contribute to. He writes about how people meet online for one type of interest but build separate organizations with real impact in separate fields offline. This was easy to read (thoughts flowed well from one to another). Shirky provides links and endnotes to follow up as well.
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