The author of the breakout hit Here Comes Everybody reveals how new technology is changing us from consumers to collaborators, unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world.
In the past, many people spent time doing things like having picnics, going bowling, and other family and community activities. But when television came along, people replaced their active pursuits with television, a purely passive pursuit. Clay Shirky main ...more
Clay Shirky teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, where he researches the interrelate ...more
Previously, I'd been using this (in the voice of Denise, a successful professional chef) from The Corrections to frame things:
"You thought you knew what food was, you thought it w...more
Shirky makes the point that we use our spare time to collaborate in ways th ...more
1. the current generation of young people are the first generation watching *less* TV than the previous generation
2. this extra time or cognitive surplus is often dedicated to production rather than pure consumption
3. participatory culture is a call back to the traditional past
From this crafted space he soundly argues that we should stop listening to those people lamenting the ris ...more
It's very interesting to read this book at the ...more
In short the cognitive surplus here talked about is the time you spend in the internet interacting, sharin ...more
It’s not that a reader wouldn’t be able to intuit “raises the question” from a faux- ...more
Il libro è ricco di casi, alcuni già racontati sul suo blog (come il fatto che riprendersi l’1% di ...more
My first exposure to Clay Shirky was a talk he gave about the so called problem of information overload. In the talk he ex ...more
I would say this is right up there for one of the best books I've read this year.
A few of the ideas that resonated with me:
- Many of the things we take for granted as a culture are merely 'accidents of history'. That large corporations have traditionally been the best way to organize people was more of a result of the tools of the time than an inherent n ...more
But how do we choose to use that free time? Sadly, for the last fifty years, we have spent most of it passively watching television, watching television to the exclusion of other more social, more fulfilling activities. Last year, in fact, Americans watched about two hundred billion hours of television. And, even more sadly, studies show that those who watch tv are less happy, mor ...more
Because of our wealth, we have more free time that we can use our brains for. Because of this and the power of scale we are able to do some cool things. Things such as Wikipedia and YouTube and open sourse can benefit from huge numbers of people now have large amount of free time. They are able to make some really cool things that could not have been made before. We spend some of this new free time watching TV and other less productive tasks but we are also making huge amounts of ...more
Free time is a relatively new phenomenon. We’ve only really had free time since shortly after the Great Depression. What do we do with all our wonderful free time? We watch sitcoms. At least, that’s what we did until the internet came about. Since the advent of social media, we have seen a huge increase in amateur creation. Rather t ...more
This could have also been written as a couple of essays; several examples have been covered better elsewhere.
The upshot of the book is that in the last half of twentieth ...more