Techno-sociologist Clay Shirky, a favorite around these parts, has a new book. Cognitive Surplus: Creativity And Generosity In A Connected Age is out on Penguin, and appears loaded with more of Shirky’s characteristic long-view contextualization of contemporary digital delights (and drek) against the backdrop of human history. If you want to know what the way people used the printing press in its earliest days has to do with the way people use the internet in its infancy, get thee to Clay Shirky. Sometimes he’s wrong, but I can’t take his arguments apart easily, and always love to read each new one. And I will: as soon as I’m done with the ridiculously tall dead tree reading pile facing me today:
Bill Veeck’s Veeck As In Wreck, Michael Lewis’s Moneyball, Brian Clifton’s Advanced Web Metrics with Google Analytics, William Goldman’s screenplay All The President’s Men, Robin Hahnel’s The ABC’s Of Political Economy Andrea Schlesinger’s The Death Of Why and the endlessly amusing/nauseating The Complex: How The Military Invades Our Everyday Lives by Nick Turse.
Clearly, the guy who assigned all of this is
a dissipated idiot in favor of cognitive surplus.