Cognitive Surplus

“The stupidest possible creative act is still a creative act,” Clay Shirky reasoned, in this short talk, regarding collaborative efforts in recent times. Shirky made this statement to illustrate his point that all creativity exists on a continuum between doing nothing and doing anything. Thus, the stupidest possible creative act is still something. ┬áMedia today allows more people reach wider audiences. The definition of “Cognitive Surplus” is basically this: our uncommitted time. While, I agree that doing something is frequently better than doing nothing…its hard to wade through all the stupidity to find the gems. Maybe that’s always been true, but in the past low quality stuff didn’t make it to print. Interesting talk, I think he is correct in the assertion that, “Creating and Sharing are ancient motivations.”

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