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The author of the breakout hit Here Comes Everybody reveals how new technology is changing us for the better.

In his bestselling Here Comes Everybody, Internet guru Clay Shirky provided readers with a much-needed primer for the digital age. Now, with Cognitive Surplus, he reveals how new digital technology is unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world. For the first time, people are embracing new media that allow them to pool their efforts at vanishingly low cost. The results of this aggregated effort range from mind-expanding reference tools like Wikipedia to life-saving Web sites like, which allows Kenyans to report acts of violence in real time. Cognitive Surplus explores what's possible when people unite to use their intellect, energy, and time for the greater good.

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Clay Shirky teaches for the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University and has consulted with a variety of groups working on network design, including Nokia, the U.S. Navy, and Lego. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Most excellent. This book clearly guides the reader through the ins and outs of communication throughout history, including highlights of significant innovations and cultural implications. The communications examples open up the reader to how to excel and engage individuals and groups in the real world in a fun and fantastic way.
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Shirky, Clay
Penguin Books
Computers Reference-Social Aspects
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