Cognitive Surplus

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Clay Shirky, faculty member at the Interactive Telecommunications program at NYU and the author of Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, discusses how the internet is changing how we think and collaborate.


Clay Shirky

Comments [8]

Arthur Vincie from New York

What is this free time that he's talking about? Everyone I know works more these days, not less. Between unpaid OT, second jobs, and the unrecognized (and largely unrewarded) work of family-raising and housekeeping, almost everyone I know has less time. Access to information has meant that we are now expected to work at home, on the weekends, in our cars/trains/buses, etc.

Jun. 09 2010 05:05 PM
Prof R from Nu Joizy

Could someone please fix the spelling on your link to the guest's book? At first I thought that was the real title, sort of a jab at how our minds are wasting away or something. . . but it's not! Ouch! As a longtime (but thankfully now ex-) editor/proofreader, it's driving me crazy!

Thanx. ;-)

Jun. 09 2010 11:57 AM
JT from Long Island

I think the internet has made people skim articles rather than read them. When reading comments at the end of articles it's usually obvious that the person only read the headline or the first few sentences. Reading them you can tell that a lot of people know a lot of small facts (and love showing this off) but have not put anything together to get an understanding of the topic.

Jun. 09 2010 11:48 AM
DM from NY, NY

I just tuned in and heard something about a large ALS database - did anybody catch where or what that is???

Jun. 09 2010 11:45 AM
Betty Anne from UES

Can he talk about Marshall McLuhan, he predicted decades ago that all of these changes would happen as move back to tribal man. A time when communication was closer which is what is happening with technology.

Jun. 09 2010 11:41 AM
Estelle from Austin

I can't read online very well; I just don't absorb the information, and I can't focus. I'm not sure whether that is because of something inherent in the nature of the internet (there's always another page waiting--maybe a better one!), or whether I'm just too accustomed to reading on paper.

Jun. 09 2010 11:39 AM
Estelle from Austin

Sanford and Son? That was a weird example!
Maybe "Dallas" would be a better example. Point taken, though.

Jun. 09 2010 11:36 AM
Jay from Norwalk CT

Interestingly I think that the same thing is happening to music.

Jun. 09 2010 11:34 AM

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