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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  - ariahfine - LibraryThing

Cognitive Surplus is Shirky's second book and takes a more academic/intellectual edge then his last one. They both explore this basic idea of "Cognitive Surplus" that massive amount of mental resource ... Read full review

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User Review  - JenneB - LibraryThing

Really enjoyed this. It's mostly about why people do things (especially on the internet) to amuse or help people for reasons other than money. It's also kind of about what people have been doing with ... 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  - Cara - Goodreads

I was right there with Shirky at the beginning, but as this book progressed, I got more and more turned off by some of the latent assumptions buried in his thought process. Obviously, he's a very ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Stephanie Sun - Goodreads

The topics in this book are wide-ranging (and Shirky's analysis polymathic and trenchant), but I've been thinking a lot about that ongoing global civil suit Professional v. Amateur lately, and, in ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Gwern - Goodreads

Short, fluffy - an attempt to expand on what is a pretty short idea at core. If you read or watched any of his previous talks like "GIN, TELEVISION, AND COGNITIVE SURPLUS" and have followed some of ... 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  - Kylie - Goodreads

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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