Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky | Book review | Books | The Guardian
Ever wondered what those flames are burning from the top of oil rigs? Money." Thus began an article whose content I can't otherwise recall. The flames were fed by excess gas that couldn't then be harnessed; burning it was the only thing to do with it. Clay Shirky's suggestion is that the past decades we have spent watching sitcoms, films and other "sit-there-and-consume-it" mass media is the cognitive equivalent of those gas flares: brainpower being uselessly blown off because we couldn't do anything with it; all those brain cells lit up with nothing to do except burn out in front of the tube. But now, he argues, we have the opportunity – via the low-friction medium of the internet – to organise ourselves and do something in concert.
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