Clay shirky i study the effects of the internet on society i've written two recent books on the subject: here comes everybody: the power of organizing without organizations (2008) and cognitive surplus: creativity and generosity in a connected age (2010.
Shirky believes that we can take advantage of our cognitive surplus, but only if we start regarding pure consumption as an anomaly, and broad participation as the norm this not a dispassionate argument, because the stakes are so high.
Shirky begins by providing the example of ory okolloh, who’s blog about the ethnic violence in kenya became more popular, when the government issued a media black out, meaning the blog was one of the few sources of information. Cognitive surplus expands on this theme in as lucid and assured a style as its predecessor, carefully displaying the collective projects that even a fraction of the world's television time might be turned into instead americans alone watch about 200bn hours of television a year: that represents, shirky notes, about 2,000 times the total human hours that have gone so far into creating wikipedia.
Cognitive surplus is building a better, more cooperative world that’s the premise of clay shirky, an author, professor, data science guru, and presenter of the popular ted talk sopa/pipa that had 1 million viewers in 48 hours. Cognitive surplus: how technology makes consumers into collaborators is a 2010 non-fiction book by clay shirky, originally published in with the subtitle creativity and generosity in a connected age.
(for an alternate perspective on the influence of the internet, see nicholas carr's essay) how have you deployed your own cognitive surplus shirky: i read back in the 1990s, when i was a kid.