Clay Shirky’s TED Talk on Cognitive Surplus


Clay Shirky on cognitive surplus and how the web enables it. Inspired by Shirky, I’ve written about this before here. The latter half of the lecture, in which Mr. Shirky touches on social bargains as opposed to economic bargains and how the former permeates the web is especially interesting. It’s a very fascinating notion that users can come together in one place and create something to be enjoyed collectively without any real or tangible benefit in the classic sense. Lots of potential for civic value exists on the web, and I believe we’re only seeing the beginnings of this in the few examples that are mentioned in the video. Time may prove me wrong, but for now I choose to believe that something truly revolutionary is occurring on the web. Enjoy.

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  1. what kind of community is created by an autonomous group of people? | erika

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