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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 version. I found this a very nice continuation of the work he began in Here ... Read full review

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User Review  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

This turned out to be about a different topic than I had expected but I still enjoyed it very much. The author looks at our society of Internet connectivity and social media. There were definitely some nuggets that made me think about things in a new way. 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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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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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

We live in amazing times. For the majority of those of us who live in America, we have vast reservoirs of free time. But how do we choose to use that free time? Sadly, for the last fifty years, we ... Read full review

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User Review  - storyjunkie - LibraryThing

My copy of Cognitive Surplus is festooned with sticky-tabs, noting passages of particular interest that I'd like to revisit. Shirky's argument in this work is that society will be improved by the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Katya0133 - LibraryThing

I originally wanted to read this book because I really loved "Here Comes Everybody." However, I have to say I was disappointed with "Cognitive Surplus." The best parts of this book are largely covered ... Read full review

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User Review  - jaden - LibraryThing

Shirky describes the economic changes swirling around us as people have disposable free time and an unprecedented ability to create, combining to form a massive potential. Wikipedia is a drop in the ... 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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