New Media Tools and ‘Cognitive Surplus’

Posted: July 19, 2010 in digital culture, video

This TED talk, presented by Clay Shirky in June 2010, discusses how digital technology has given us the ability to use our collective spare time and talents, what Shirky calls ‘cognitive suplus’, to participate in global projects and create in a global environment is ways that was never before possible.  This voluntary participation has the benefit of creating both communal and civic value. An interesting view into how technology, including mobile technology, is changing the social landscape.


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