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User Review  - sumariotter - LibraryThing

I found this a fascinating read. He talks about how now, with the combination of surplus time in society (all time that has previously been spent in watching television) plus new opportunities to ... Read full review

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This brainy book, with its fascinating historical and scientific references, illuminates a central aspect of 21st century life – what people are doing on the Internet actively and jointly with the thinking time they used to spend watching TV passively and alone – and enables readers to see this slice of human experience in a new way. New York University professor Clay Shirky intelligently and insightfully explains how putting the Internet and its online social media tools into the hands of nearly two billion people who have more than a trillion hours of free time is resulting in a new, optimistic and empowered world. He cites such unique, useful Web developments as Wikipedia, PickupPal, the Apache Project and countless other online wonders. If you don’t yet fully understand the potential of social media, you will when you read this book. getAbstract recommends this outstanding work to anyone who wants to know more about how and why the Internet and social media are dramatically changing the world.
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Review: Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

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

Review: Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

User Review  - Brett - Goodreads

In his new book, Cognitive Surplus, Clay Shirky covers some of the same ground as several other authors I've read this year. But even though some of the starting material may be the same - such as the ... Read full review

Review: Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

User Review  - Dave Emmett - Goodreads

This book picks up right where Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations left off, both in content and in awesomeness. I would say this is right up there for one of the best ... Read full review

Review: Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

User Review  - Liralen - Goodreads

Lovely, lovely concrete examples for how modern technology and social forces have changed how people perceive, use, and interact with modern-day media. The title is based on the fact that in the 60's ... Read full review

Review: Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

User Review  - Cherie - Goodreads

I'm only on page 9, but already very hooked. Shirky's previous book, Here Comes Everybody, talked about the power of the internet to connect people. He continues and expands on that theme in this book ... Read full review


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