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Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky
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Aug 26, 10

bookshelves: audiobooks, technology, adult
Read in August, 2010

Shirky's last book was a must read in my opinion, this one still has some strong moments but is not as cohesive as a whole. One of the biggest problems is that he lost me by referring constantly to TeeVee as not a social medium.

As someone who made their first online friends on the 90210 message boards, who knows the importance of reading the Bravo blogs and TWOP and Project RunGay, I think television is an incredibly social medium. Let me put it this way, if I never talked to anyone about television but just watched it for my own pleasure alone, well, I wouldn't do that! I watch tv for the shared watercooler experience of seeing what others think.

So, pretty major miss for him I think, however, I did learn about the very cool concept of "Fundamental Attribution Error"

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