Cognitive Surplus : How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 5/31/2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
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The author of the breakout hit Here Comes Everybodyreveals 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 Surplusexplores what's possible when people unite to use their intellect, energy, and time for the greater good.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Gin, Television, and Cognitive Surplusp. 1
Meansp. 31
Motivep. 65
Opportunityp. 97
Culturep. 131
Personal, Communal, Public, Civicp. 161
Looking for the Mousep. 183
Acknowledgmentsp. 215
Notesp. 217
Indexp. 231
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