Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators

Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators

by Clay Shirky
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Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 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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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
This brainy book, with its fascinating historical and scientific references, illuminates a central aspect of 21st century life - what people are doing on the Internet actively and jointly with the thinking time they used to spend watching TV passively and alone - and enables readers to see this slice of human experience in a new way. New York University professor Clay Shirky intelligently and insightfully explains how putting the Internet and its online social media tools into the hands of nearly two billion people who have more than a trillion hours of free time is resulting in a new, optimistic and empowered world. He cites such unique, useful Web developments as Wikipedia, PickupPal, the Apache Project and countless other online wonders. If you don't yet fully understand the potential of social media, you will when you read this book. getAbstract recommends this outstanding work to anyone who wants to know more about how and why the Internet and social media are dramatically changing the world.
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