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Cognitive Surplus

August 25th, 2008

Here’s a provocative video. It received a warm reception at e-thePeople and nice discussion. Here’s how I described it on etp:

Where do you find the time to participate in e-thepeople? Clay Shirky suggests that e-thepeople, wikipedia and other participatory media find the time by tapping into the cognitive surplus, the 200 billion hours Americans spend watching TV each year in the US alone. He claims that people choose participation over consumption, when given the chance. What do you think:

Is participatory media a revolution or just a fad? Is your time on e-thepeople valuable or a waste of time?

Watch it here:

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  1. September 14th, 2008 at 11:18 | #1

    Just browsing,;Googled blog search for “ETP e-thepeople”
    Results are very disappointing: no bloggers are onto ETP.

    Sorry, can’t get into your article.

    Would you please do something toward livening up ETP Team Network:
    When will there be ETP improvements?
    I am grateful the site is working as well as it is technically but there is a lot of schlock content.

    I still would like to meet you on the phone (585-323-9611)

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