cognitive surplus

A lot of cognitive surplus on my hands as the last couple of days the weather has made me hibernate in my friends’ apartment with the cat while they are away in Mexico. So I’ve been listening to a lot of CBC radio.

Clay Shirky on Spark (CBC).
Below has been cut and pasted from CBC website.

Clay touches on some of the topics in his new book, Here Comes Everybody, such as the pros and cons of social media, new business models online, and how big change comes from human motivation, not shiny new technologies. On that point, he makes some interesting observations after the 19 minute mark.

Nora and Clay started off by talking about our “cognitive surplus,” which Clay describes as “all the free thinking time that society has access to… in the brains of its citizens that isn’t getting used for specific tasks.” Think TV watching time, except Clay has some ideas on how you should be/could be spending your surplus.

Listen to the full interview here.
http://www.cbc.ca/spark/blog/2008/05/full_interview_clay_shirky_on.html

On another note, I’m designing the hockey team logo for the Fraserview Boys and Girls Club. They are going to be called the Honey Badgers. When my co-worker told me the name, I was a bit skeptical but the name grows on you and the Honey Badger is the the most fearless Animal on Earth.

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