Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers Into Collaborators

Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers Into Collaborators


By (author) Clay Shirky

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 242 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 31 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143119583
  • ISBN 13: 9780143119586
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 175,661

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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, 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.

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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.