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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

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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:
9781101434727
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/10/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
236 KB
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: 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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