Clay Shirky, a teacher at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, posits that following World War II, Americans had a new found wealth of intellect and leisure time, “cognitive surplus” that was wasted on the consumption of television. Mr. Shirky argues with the current populace’s engagement with the Internet and new media, this cognitive surplus can be harnessed for innovation and good will. He looks at several examples of his theory in action from the creation and maintenance of Wikipedia to Ushahidi.com, a website that allows people to report and aggregate information to aid in crisis response. Clay Shirky showed slides as he talked about his book. He also responded to questions from members of the audience at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. close
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Clay Shirky Associate Teacher New York University->Interactive Telecommunications Program
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