Cognitive Surplus

Cognitive Surplus

Creativity and Generosity in A Connected Age

Book - 2010
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Penguin Putnam
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.



Random House, Inc.
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, withCognitive 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.

Baker & Taylor
Explains how new media technologies are prompting a return from consumerism to collaboration, making predictions about imminent wide-scale creative innovations that will positively transform civilization.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780143119586
0143119583
9781594202537
1594202532
Branch Call Number: 303.4833 Sh65c
Characteristics: 242 p. ; 22 cm

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sbkaur Dec 04, 2014

No new insights here - his first book "Here comes everybody" is more original and this book, his second, expounds on the first.
Apart from the fact that 2 billion people are now online, organizations and governments cannot hold back this tide. But they are trying - witness EU trying to make Google "forget" everyone and breakup itself into different companies. It's like the US broke up AT&T - that same spirit is behind the EU moves against "les GAFA" (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon).

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Nickaccount
Jan 30, 2011

Clay Shirky, in Cognitive Surplus, uses many examples and studies done by the likes of psychologist Edward Deci and economist Eleanor Ostrom to demonstrate how it is part of human nature to be generous, to share and to self govern. That we are motivated to, and have created, a culture of generosity. (Note: "Motive" and "Culture" are two of the book's chapter titles.)

By way of example he shows how it is through the generosity of cognitive surplus that we have open source computer code like Linux and Apace. Linux is an operating system used mainly in internet applications by Dell, IBM, HP, Oracle, Novell, and Nokia; and, Apace is the primary way website http-web-page-code is displayed on a computer screen. It is generosity that has made the internet we know of today.

Who knows, to paraphrase Shirky: "Someday we may find Web 2.0's mouse." More importantly, the book is a great read, if only for an explanation of the innate spontaneous generosity of individuals and what such generosity can create.

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