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Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

Clay Shirky, "Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age"
2010 | ISBN: 1594202532 | 256 pages | EPUB, MOBI | 1 MB

Since we 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-and we consume TV passively, in isolation from one another. Now, for the first time, people are embracing new media that allow us to pool our efforts at vanishingly low cost. The results of this aggregated effort range from mind expanding-reference tools like Wikipedia-to lifesaving-such as, which has allowed Kenyans to sidestep government censorship and report on acts of violence in real time.
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