Editorial Reviews. Review. “An informed look at the social impact of the Internet.” Kirkus 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. Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators [Clay Shirky] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The author of the. Clay Shirky looks at the good we might do if we turned off our TV sets is Shirky’s “cognitive surplus” — an ocean of hours that society could.

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Aug 13, Karen Quinn rated it really liked it Shelves: Intrinsic motivations, which Shirky summarizes as a need for 1 increased competence, 2 autonomy over what we do, 3 membership of a group who share our values and beliefs, 4 the sharing of things with that group.

Given the opportunity to interact and to create, people prefer that. He argues that there are four main values: His last book shieky such a complete anthropological snapshot of how we share and collaborate with the technology available to us.

The problem, he said, is a filtering issue.

lcay It’s funny to realize that technology really doesn’t create much social change as much as it unlocks it due to the rapid increase of means of sharing and distribution.

So, yes, Shirkey offers an important push back to the critiques of amateur online culture, but there’s no need to overstate or discount slower old-school means of engaging the media. Feb 12, David Dinaburg rated it really liked it.


But Shirky has a different aim this time. People pay more to have a beer in a bar than they do at home because a bar is a more convivial place to have a drink; it draws in people who are seeking a little conversation or just want to be around other people, people who prefer being in the bar to being home alone.

That’s a real harnessing of the cognitive surplus. It’s a mildly imaginative methodology for Shirky’s purpose which is to examine how the global surplus of cognition, made possible by our relative abundance of discretionary time, is being put to use through activities organized around social networks.

The ideas presented in this book are at some points interesting and relevant, because they fight against the attacks these kinds of technologies always have to face when they emerge. Just because an activity is novel and online, does not mean that it represents a use of cognitive surplus. For claay, he criticizes Shirky’s idealising of amateurism:.

What am I going to do with my cognitive surplus? One critic Russell Davies writes, “There are revealing thoughts in every chapter and they’re particularly important for people trying to do business on the internet, because they shed light on some fundamental motivations and forces that we often miss or misconstrue,”.

Reno, a case cited in the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Communications Decency Act in Shirky has written extensively about the internet since There has been criticism on the internet, naturally that Shirky has been in too much of a hurry to follow up his previous book, Here Comes Everybodywhich was about how the internet sjrplus enabled people to self-organise more rapidly.

Gone are the days when only publishers can publish and only organizations can organize. With the tools of today, we see many new groups; most of clag large, public, and amateur groups. For Shirky, one suspects that’s not enough.


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The experiment demonstrates the backfiring of an attempt to regulate group collaboration; when attempting to do so by ascribing monetary values to people’s time, a community will then begin to view people who provide services as the service itself rather than as individuals.

Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky”. We watch billions of hours a year. When you look at it that way, it’s far more surprising that people will sit and stare at a glowing box for hours than it is that people like funny cat pictures.

The idea of crowdsourcing as a more egalitarian economic tool also draws criticism saying crowdsourcing is just cost-cutting, much akin to outsourcing. Shirky discusses the publishing button and whether or not should exist surpls now anyone can publish.

These principles are among the best in the book. Why bother paying to ckgnitive if viewers are already providing the lion’s share, especially if your getting it for free?

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They also want to create and more importantly, to share with people. A few of the ideas that resonated with me: In Cognitive SurplusInternet guru Clay Shirky forecasts the thrilling changes we will all enjoy as new digital technology puts our untapped resources of talent and goodwill to use at last.

Social motivations include membership and sharing, while personal motivations include competence and autonomy. I list dognitive as a challenge for people who are looking for quick read.

After all, successful social collaboration involves a unique blend of social and technical systems.