Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 10, 2010 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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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 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.


  

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User Review  - nnschiller - LibraryThing

I starting reading the print version of this, stalled out and set it down. Then I picked it up again using the audible.com version. I found this a very nice continuation of the work he began in Here ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth Licata - Goodreads

I liked this book. It was well written, clear and interesting. I don't have much to criticize in this particular piece, so below is my summary of the book's content. Free time is a relatively new ... Read full review

Contents

MILKSHAKE MISTAKES
MORE IS DIFFERENT
A NEW RESOURCE
PRESERVING OLD PROBLEMS
GUTENBERG ECONOMICS
THE BUTTON MARKED PUBLISH
THE CONNECTIVE TISSUE OF SOCIETY
THREE AMATEURS WALK INTO A BAR
COLLABORATIVE SPIRALS
CULTURE AS A COORDINATING TOOL
THE ECONOMICS OF SHARING
COLLEGE PROFESSORS AND BRAIN SURGEONS
PATIENTS LIKE US
WOMEN AND MEN
INDIVIDUALS GROUPS AND FREEDOM
GROUPS AND GOVERNANCE

THE SHOCK OF INCLUSION
LOVE OVER GOLD
AUTONOMY AND COMPETENCE
MEMBERSHIP AND GENEROSITY
AMATEUR MOTIVATION PUBLIC SCALE
FEEDBACK LOOPS
INTRINSIC MOTIVATION PUBLIC ACTION
SKATEBOARDS AND EASELS
ULTIMATUM GAME
COMBINABILITY
PEOPLE YOU DONT KNOW MAKING YOUR LIFE BETTER FOR FREE
GENERATION X Y Z
PARADOX OF REVOLUTION
IMPROVING THE ODDS
THREE WAYS TO MANAGE A REVOLUTION
LOOKING FOR THE MOUSE
Gin Television and Cognitive Surplus
Means
Motive
Opportunity
Culture
Personal Communal Public Civic
Looking for the Mouse
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

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.

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