Clay Shirky: Gin, Television, and Social Surplus – Here Comes Everybody

Gin, Television, and Social Surplus – Here Comes Everybody:

Clay Shirky has a post up this morning that is a transcription of a speech he recently gave at the Web 2.0 conference. He discusses the social surplus that for the last 50 years has been consumed by television watching and is now being used by people to create, share and interact using technology. His arguments about “finding time” are something to think about as we work with our colleagues who are constantly asking that same question…

“From now on, that’s what I’m going to tell them: We’re looking for the mouse. We’re going to look at every place that a reader or a listener or a viewer or a user has been locked out, has been served up passive or a fixed or a canned experience, and ask ourselves, “If we carve out a little bit of the cognitive surplus and deploy it here, could we make a good thing happen?” And I’m betting the answer is yes.”

Update: Here is the video…

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2 thoughts on “Clay Shirky: Gin, Television, and Social Surplus – Here Comes Everybody”

  1. Thanks for sharing this! Great motivation for getting up off the couch. I’ll share with my Springboard colleagues, they certainly know how to put social surplus to work! (And, I give props to the professor, cuter than Maryann or Ginger.)

  2. Yes, a fascinating talk, especially the figures he gives comparing the amount of time spent watching TV and the amount of work in writing everything on Wikipedia. But I’m not convinced we’re all ‘looking for the mouse’ – I’d like to think the time ‘wasted’ watching TV will diminish but not sure it’s so straightforward or simple for most people!

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