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Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

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By (author) Clay Shirky

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  • Publisher: ALLEN LANE
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 222mm x 26mm | 394g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846142172
  • ISBN 13: 9781846142178
  • Sales rank: 229,444

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For decades, technology encouraged us to squander our time and as passive consumers. Today, tech has finally caught up with human potential. In "Cognitive Surplus", Clay Shirky examines the changes we will all enjoy as our untapped resources of talent and good will are put to use at last. Since the postwar boom, we've had a surfeit of intellect, energy, and time - a 'cognitive surplus'. Shirky argues persuasively that this cognitive surplus - rather than being some strange new departure from normal behavior - actually returns our society to forms of collaboration that were natural to us up to and through the early 20th Century. He also charts the vast effects that our cognitive surplus - aided by new technologies - will have on 21st Century society, and how we can best exploit those effects, and how the choices we make are not only economically motivated but driven by the desire for autonomy, competence, and community.

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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 ofgroups working on network design, including Nokia, the BBC, Newscorp,Microsoft, BP, Global Business Network, the Library of Congress, the US Navy, the Libyan government, and Lego. His writings have appearedin the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, Harvard Business Review, Business 2.0, and Wired.

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Shirky is an original thinker, a compelling stylist ... a sage with a remarkable record of accuracy. Cognitive Surplus is a manifesto for what's next - or what ought to be Independent Lucid and assured ... the most amazing fact about Shirky's incisive manual for building a better world is this: it's just possible that everything he promises may be true Guardian Shirky is the best chronicler we have of the unfolding cultural revolution brought on by the web New Statesman