Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky
Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

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Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age is an ambitious refinement of his groundbreaking 2008 book, Here Comes Everybody, in which he successfully sketched out the impending social-media revolution.
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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, 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.

 

About Clay Shirky

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CLAY SHIRKY teaches for the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University and has consulted with a variety of groups working on network design, including Nokia, the U.S. Navy, and Lego. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published May 26, 2010 by Penguin Books. 258 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help, Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kirk LaPointe on Aug 07 2010

Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age is an ambitious refinement of his groundbreaking 2008 book, Here Comes Everybody, in which he successfully sketched out the impending social-media revolution.

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